1 Chronicles 22:19 Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.
What does it mean to seek The Lord? Seeking The Lord means seeking His presence. “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “Face.”
Literally, we are to seek His “Face.” But this is the Hebraic way of having access to God. To be there His Face is to be in His Presence.
God is always present with His children in a sense of His covenant commitment to always stand by us and work for us and turn everything for our good. “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
There is a sense in which God’s presence is not with us always. For this reason, the Bible repeatedly calls us to seek The Lord….Seek His Presence continually Psalm 105:4
God’s manifest, conscious, trusted presence is not our constant experience. There are seasons when we become neglectful of God and give Him no thought and do not put trust in Him and we find Him “unmanifested” that is, unperceived as great and beautiful and valuable by the eyes of our hearts.
His Face- The brightness of His personal character- is hidden behind the curtain of our carnal desires. This condition is always ready to overtake us. That is why we are told to “Seek His Presence Continually.”
God calls us to enjoy continual consciousness of His supreme greatness and beauty and worth. We must continually Seek His Face.
As a Church every Month of June we seek His Face in Fasting and Prayer. It is a time we “set our mind and heart” on God. It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention and heart’s affection on God. Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Seeking His Face is a conscious choice. The setting of the mind is the opposite of mental coasting. It is a conscious choice to direct the heart toward God. This is what Paul prayed for the Church in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. It is a conscious effort on our part but that effort to seek God is a gift from God.
We do not make this mental and emotional effort to seek God because He is lost, No! We would seek for a lost coin or like in 1 Samuel 9:3 Saul’s Father Kish’s donkeys were lost. But God is not lost. Nevertheless, there is always something through which or around which we must go to meet Him consciously.
This going through or around is what seeking is. He is often hidden. Veiled!!