There’s an interesting piece of conversation in I Chronicles 28 between God and Solomon that occurs after the rule and reign of King David. At the start of Solomon’s reign, God set some standards to help guide the new king: “The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
There are a few principles in this passage that may help you:
- God doesn’t just single you out. He mingles in with all of His creation: “the Lord searches every heart”
- God understands because He stands over you every moment of your life, and He aware of every one of your thoughts and desires.
- Even though God detects sin, He doesn’t reject the sinner who asks to be forgiven. From the heights of His holiness, there flows a river of mercy.
- If there is anything God does not do well, it’s playing hide and seek: “If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”
When you seek God and find Him, you will also discover:
- The fountain of life (Psalm 36:9).
- The river of delights (Psalm 36:8).
- The water of eternal life (John 4:14).
- His great love and rich mercy (Ephesians 2:4).
- The perfection of beauty (Psalm 50:2).
I’m not sure how you arrange your schedule, and plan each day of your life, but let me make a suggestion for the rest of this week. Make it a priority to seek God. When Asaph wrote Psalm 50, he said: “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.”
Have you ever been subpoenaed or received a summons to appear before a judge? If you don’t follow the dictates of that summons, you are in contempt of court. How serious is it, if you refuse a summons from the Mighty One?”