Finding God

In 2003 Finding Nemo hit the theaters and people were searching for Nemo.  Finding God is more important, more exciting, and more advantageous, both in this life, and in the next.  Finding God is not like looking for something physical.

John 4:23-24 tells us that, “God is Spirit, true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and the Father is looking for people like that to worship Him.

  • People must worship him in a way that corresponds to his nature as a spiritual being.  True worship is an experience with God that goes beyond the physical.  The same can be said about seeking God.  The encouraging thing is, just as God is looking for people to worship Him as stated above, He is looking for people who are seeking Him in truth.  Seeking God in truth is seeking with a true desire to find Him.  It is like a hunger and thirst.  The degree of your desire, hunger and thirst will determine the effort you put into the search.  The Holy Spirit of God will create a desire in you, draw you to God and reveal His presence to you.
  • God says, “You will seek for Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).  Seeking God is not a half-hearted process.  A half-hearted search is lacking in desire and interest.  It is falling short of what is needed to find God.  Finding Him must be very important to you.

Seeking God goes beyond the physical and is a faith journey.

  • Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.”.  “It also tells us that we must believe that He is, and that He will reward us if we diligently seek Him”.  You must have faith and believe that He is real.  “Faith without works is dead.”  “Diligently” speaks of a steady, earnest and energetic effort.
  • Faith comes by hearing and hearing as the Spirit of God speaks to us” (Romans 10:17).  This will not be an audible voice but an inward hearing.  This often happens as you are exposed to the word of God.  The Spirit makes the word of God come alive with meaning and stirs the heart.
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  You are hoping to find God and seeking evidence of His reality.  When faith comes, you have the substance of what you have been hoping for and the evidence of God whom you cannot see.

God will reveal Himself according to His time.  However, He may test your level of desire and persistence by not making His presence known immediately.  He will reveal Himself by an awareness of His presence in His time.

So, how do you seek God?

  • By reading the Bible (God’s word). We seek for God in and through His word (the Bible).  As you read the Bible the Spirit will give you an understanding thereby leading you to God.  “The Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Man, in his natural ability sees the things of God as foolish and cannot receive them without the help of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13-14).
  • Through prayer.  Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).  The words “given” and “opened” reveal God’s part and His desire to bless you and enter into a relationship with you.
  • With the help of a Christian friend.  Find someone who shows spiritual maturity in the way they live and interact with others, someone who reads and studies the Bible regularly.

If this was helpful to you or you have questions, please email us at northridge@northridgehc.com.  We would like to hear from you.

Pastor Jim Norman – Senior Adults & Discipleship