Last week, we enjoyed this gathering and seeking God together, reflecting the words of Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”(NLT)
If you grew up in the church, seeking God is a normal activity for a believer, but have you ever asked yourself WHY we have to seek God?
After all, doesn’t the bible tell us that:
- God is with us everywhere – therefore He is always near everything and everyone.
- God has made a covenant promise to His people to always stand by us, working for us and turning everything for our good?
Both are true, yet there is a sense in which God’s presence is not always with us; when His manifest, conscious, trusted presence is NOT our constant experience.
There are seasons in our lives when we become neglectful of God; giving Him little or no thought. There are seasons when we struggle to trust Him. When the storms and trials of this life overwhelm us, it’s in those times when God remains unseen… or at least “unperceived” by us as the great and loving, all powerful God that He is.
We must SEEK God in order to clear the clutter away and renew our spiritual perspective, so that the “eyes of our hearts may be enlightened” (Eph. 1:18) to see God in every season, everyday.
During my devotion time, about 20 years ago, God showed me a picture that I believe illustrates the concept of why we seek God so well. In this vision:
He showed me a picture of people DANCING in the RAIN. There was no music to be heard,
but they danced with delight as the rain gently fell on them.
Off to the side, there were others watching quietly, but they were holding white
knuckled to large, multicolored umbrellas to avoid getting wet.
The dancers implored these umbrella holders to join them, to “DROP their umbrellas
and come DANCE with them in the RAIN”, but they refused.
I prayed about this picture and felt that these people holding umbrellas representing the many faceted circumstances and issues that can prevent us from experiencing the full joy of our salvation. Things that, at times, we hold onto so tightly… and yet God’s word tells us that “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17). From the moment we received the deposit of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us at salvation, God has been calling His people to DROP their cares (unbrellas) at His feet and trust His love, His word. It releases in us the Spirit of God already deposited in our hearts, so that we may mature strong in our faith and full of the JOY of our salvation.
As Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may know Him better.”
To KNOW GOD… this is REAL LIFE… this is why we SEEK HIM!
3 THINGS WE NEED TO RELEASE THE SPIRIT OF GOD
We need a revelation of how BIG/ MIGHTY God is
- See 1 Samuel 17:37
- See Galatians 1:11-12
We need a revelation of how LOVING God is
- See Ephesians 2:4-5
- See Psalm 27:10
- See John 3:16
We need a revelation of how to WALK in GOD’s LOVE
- See Ephesians 1:22-23
- See Ephesians 5:1-2
Are you daily enjoying the refreshing of the rain of God’s presence in your life?
Are you holding onto hurt, disappointment, discouragement or unforgiveness, etc.?
What color is your umbrella?
Could God be asking you to DROP YOUR UMBRELLA...
and COME DANCE with Him in the rain of His abiding presence today?
Lord, God, help us to lay aside what hinders us in knowing You. As we SEEK You, give us today a fresh revelation of your Greatness, Your Unfailing Love and teach us by Your Holy Spirit to Walk in Your Love, always. May the JOY of our salvation be renewed in the revelation of WHO YOU ARE in every situation, every season of our lives. Amen!