SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012
SEEKING THE LORD’S FACE
‘My heart says of you, seek his face. Your face, Lord, I will seek’. Psalm 27v8.
WE often run to God when we experience difficulties. But David sought God’s guiding presence every day. When troubles came, he was already in God’s presence, prepared to handle them. Believers call on God for help at any time. But how short sighted it is to call on Him only when troubles come.
These scriptural admonitions are for our benefit. Deut. 4v29: ‘But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul’; Isa. 55v6: ‘seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near’; Lk. 11v10: ’for every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened’, and Acts 17v27: ‘That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us’.
Isaiah 55:6 tells us to call on the Lord while He is near. God is not planning to move away from us, but we often move far from Him or erect barriers of sin between us. Don’t wait until you have drifted far away before seeking God. Turning to Him may be far more difficult later in life. God may also come to judge the earth before you decide to return. Seek God now before it is late.
The people of Israel were foolish to have acted as if they knew what God thought or planned. His knowledge and wisdom are far greater than any man’s. We become foolish whenever we try to fit God into our mould—make His plans and purposes conform to ours. We must, instead strive to fit into His plans.
All is not well with the nation and we need to seek the face of the Lord in all undertakings. Some people have lost their lives through Boko Haram attacks, some of our children have stayed longer than is due in higher institutions of learning due to constant disruption of academic calendars, the health care delivery system is nothing to write home about with people dying, and worse still, the unemployed are unsure of a better future. How long shall we endure these?
Sin has played a great role and God seems to be so far from us. According to Isaiah, ‘the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither is His ear heavy that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness’. Isaiah 55v1-3.
The time has come for men and women, young and old, to genuinely seek the face of God on behalf of the nation. More so, men of God should have a burden to stand in the gap. God can certainly turn things around for good, if they do not give up.
Beloved, this is time to seek the face of God. Do not delay. Tomorrow may be too late.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.