What Does it Mean to Seek the Lord?
Seek the LORD, and ye shall live
Amos 5:6 (KJV)
Many lost people are not aware of the significance and importance of seeking the Lord. Many lost people simply do not want to find the Lord; they do not want to give up their carnal and sinful lifestyles. The Bible talks about this open defiance to the Lord God in John Chapter 3 and verse number 20:”For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”Many lost people do not seek the Lord because they do not want their evil deeds to be reproved or corrected. Therefore, these lost, unsaved people choose to reject God and stop seeking Him, because they simply do not want to give up their way of life. Instead of walking by faith, they walk by sight and only see what is right in front of them. If they can’t see any near-term reward, they won’t get involved in it. How sad is it that millions of lost people never come to Christ because they do not want to submit to the cost of discipleship. Jesus knew this when He preached on discipleship during His earthly ministry: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) Many people do not want to carry this “burden” and simply ignore the narrow way and decide to go down the “broad way, which leadeth to destruction.” (Mat. 7:13b)
The Bible makes it very clear in the book of Hebrews Chapter eleven and verse number six that no one can come to God without this “seeking” attitude; this inward desire to know the Lord: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We see from this verse, that in order for someone to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, he must first believe that God is Who He says He is, and second, he must believe that God will reward those that diligently seek him. This same approach is presented in the Old Testament in Amos Chapter 5 and verse number six: “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live…” Once again, we see that the reward for seeking the Lord is life. Of course, this reward is not just talking about our present life on this earth, but life eternal. The Bible says in John Chapter 5 and verse 24: “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” We can easily see here that the “life” that is mentioned in Amos is referring to everlasting life, life eternal. Based upon the Bible, we can only receive this life when we seek the LORD and seek his precepts, and when we come unto Jesus by faith, knowing and trusting in our hearts that He alone can save us from ALL of our sins. That is what it means to seek the Lord.