Seek God and Live (Day 198)

Today’s Readings

Psalm 86:1-10

Romans 4:1-15

Amos 5:1-27


Seek GOd’s Salvation

In Psalm 86:1-10,  David sings to God ” Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy”. How is it that King David who is a ruler of many people ” poor and needy”? This shows us that before God we are all poor and needy…some recognize it, some don’t. It’s good when we realize our broken state before God and we need His Salvation.  He says ” Guard my life, for I am devoted to you” (v. 2). When we are devoted to God he keeps you safe and keeps you in a place of peace. David lifted his soul to God, the very essence of his being is lifted to God in song. In the same way, God will save us from all hurts, harms, and dangers when we lift up everything we are to him. The safest place to be is in God’s will. We must realize that there is no one else who saves, but God ” Among the gods, there is none like you.” ( v. 8) Salvation alone comes from God. Seek Him and live.

Pray: Dear heavenly Father I cry out to you… because from you comes salvation! Save me from all my enemies. I trust in you, I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Amen.

Seek God’s Righteousness

In Romans 4:1-15,  Paul talks about the faith of Abraham. Abraham was credited for believing the word of God when it came to him, and because of that God entrusted him with being the Father of many nations. Many try to seek to be right with God through works, but the only way to be right with God is through faith in Jesus Christ who is the heart of God. Our works are a result of gratitude, and thanksgiving, not of fear and punishment. God is a relational God and looks at our hearts ( 1 Samuel 16:7). He sees if we are truly seeking His heart and not just his hand. When people just seek God’s hand then the whole relationship is based on rewards and punishment. They wonder ” what is God going to give me or am I going to get slapped?”.  But when we seek his face we want to see him smile, just as we do with anyone we love because their pleasure gives us joy. When we seek God’s righteousness, we put our faith in Jesus Christ, not our self-righteous acts which are as trash to him.

Pray: It’s not by my power, and good works, that I have salvation, but Dear Father it is from you. I am your child, I find myself in you. Thank you that you have redeemed me, and call me to a life of faith. May my faith be evident through my actions but done from a heart of love, and not of fear. Amen.


Seek God’s Kingdom

In Amos 5:1-27. We see people seeking their own desires. They throw a party for God but don’t invite him. They don’t care about what he cares about,  and they create idols to please themselves. Amos 5:5 says ” Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal “. Bethel means ” House of God “. So many people get caught up in going to church instead of being the church. Verse 21-22 says ” I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I  cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offering and grain offerings, I will not accept them” then in Verse 23 he says ” Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps, But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”. The church is not a building, it’s a people. We must seek to bring people to the revelation of Jesus Christ so they can have a redeemed imagination that comes from a relationship with God.

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father forgive me for times I have put materialism over seeking your people.   I pray for a heart that seeks your Kingdom and transforms our world one heart at a time. Amen.

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