Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

Seeking God

Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Is it possible to seek for God in a cavalier manner? Is the Psalmist inferring here that it is possible to chase after God half heartedly? Of course. There are many who want to know God but not as much as they want other things. They will seek for God as long as there is nothing better to do. They will embrace the Gospel merely as a means to avoid hell but with no real desire for God or even or pleasing Jesus Christ. This is real searching for God but it is not real conversion or salvation. This is an inoculation against hearing the Gospel. To say to such people that they are false in their faith, which they are, would incur all kinds of reasons why they are truly wanting God. And that is true as well. But really seeking God is not always the same thing as saving faith. Satan knows God in many ways. But the faith that saves is a gift from God evidenced by a surrendering up of everything for Him. Unless we take up our crosses we are not saved. We must count the cost. We have no inheritance if we are not suffering with him. (Romans 8:16-17). We can honour Jesus with our lips and still have hearts that are far from Him. There is no such thing as half hearted saving faith. There may be weak faith, faltering faith. The truly saved will sin in many ways. But real saving faith wants Jesus. It sincerely wants Him.