Experiencing God by Diligently Seeking Him
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If we want to know how to experience God, we need to believe that He is AND we need to know that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Before we look at God’s rewards, let’s first discover what it means to diligently seek Him.
Charles Spurgeon said, “We seek Him, first, when we begin by prayer, by trusting to Jesus, and by calling upon the sacred name to seek salvation . . .Afterwards we seek God by aiming at His glory, by making Him the great object for which we live. One man seeks money, and another seeks reputation, another seeks pleasure; but he that is pleasing to God seeks God as his object and His end.”
Diligence. The word means to crave so as to intensely investigate God. The Word Study Dictionary says, “to seek out diligently for anything lost. To seek in order to obtain. To earnestly seek after God with a sincere and earnest desire to obtain His favor.”
The Greek strongly implies that we are constantly seeking God. There’s a strong sense of continuously, fervently and ardently seeking Him. Notice that it doesn’t leave any opening for “sort of.” Paul, in Hebrews, did not say, “anyone who feels like seeking God only on Sunday from 9 till 11 AM and then live any way they want to live” shall be rewarded. If we truly want to experience God, and receive His rewards, we need to seek Him diligently.
Seek. In the original language one word covers both diligence and seek, but I think it’s important that we take a minute to look at this word. If we read Hebrews 11:5 we note that Paul is talking about Enoch. He was a man who pleased God (Genesis 5:24) and God miraculously took him home to heaven with Him. Enoch was an example to us of someone who sought God. He didn’t do it in a ten-minute, rushed quiet time. He continually, habitually and ardently was a man who was seeking to know and experience God. Seeking implies looking for that lost treasure. It means we are continually searching. Enoch continually searched for God and he was incredibly rewarded as he walked with God and, as a result, God took him directly home to heaven.
Commentator Matthew Henry wrote, “What is religion but seeking God, enquiring after Him, applying to Him, upon all occasions? We shall not enjoy Him till we come to heaven; while we are here we must continue seeking. God will have all the heart or none; and when a jewel of such inestimable value as the divine favour is to be found, it is worth while to seek it with all our soul.”
As we face these tough times we need to diligently seek God with all of our hearts, minds and soul.