To seek good is to seek God

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In the Verse of the Day for January 8, 2017 we find strong words of encouragement to direct our efforts found in the Classic Amplified Bible:

Amos 5:14-15:

Seek (inquire for and require) good and not evil that you may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate the evil and love the good and establish justice in the [court of the city’s] gate. It may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph [the northern kingdom].

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.

To “seek (inquire for and require) good” is to seek God, for the term “good” is derived from God, who alone is good. Indeed, the essence of God is goodness. Jesus Christ declared, “There is none good but the father.”

In Proverbs 11:27 we find a similar reminder regarding the individual who pursues good:

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

We also recall the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 7:7-8 expressed in the New Living Translation:

[Effective Prayer] “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

As mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are continually seeking, following after, earnestly pursuing God. Our lives should demonstrate our desire for more of the presence of God. The following poem personalizes our sincere yearning to “seek good” which is to seek for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

The proof of desire is pursuit.

Mike Murdock

 

In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit,
As we follow after God and seek His favor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,
As we seek to taste His goodness and to savor.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit.

Seasoned trees are strengthened from the leaf to the root,
As we flow with fullness of joy while we labor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though we may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,
This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit.

Having yearned for God’s presence, even in our youth,
We now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

We ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon our seeking, following after, and pursuing God, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee.”

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