Seek with Intensity
by Jan Ross
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SEEK WITH INTENSITY
“I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.” (Song 3:2)
Read the verse . . . read it again and begin to feel the desperation of this one’s “seeking”! It’s a picture of a seeker, one who rises from bed, goes out into the city streets, into the broad ways, and seeks “him whom my soul loveth”.
The word “seek” in this verse is translated as to “beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for)” . . . certainly not a casual want or desire! This is an intense seeking – a seeking that is a requirement, a seeking that even includes begging and striving to find! Seeking “whom my soul loveth . . .”
When was the last time you arose in the morning and set on a quest to seek the One whom your soul loveth? Or, perhaps it would be better to ask whom does your soul love? Wouldn’t you say that that which we seek after is that which we love the most?
As Christians, how seriously do we take our search for Him daily? Where does the Lord fit into our daily schedule or routine? Is He first? Does He get snuck in where there are a few free moments? Does He get put off till we’re so tired we can’t keep our eyes open or our hearts focused? Is our seeking of the Lord an intense seeking? Have we become like some who may not even feel it necessary to be so intense about our pursuit of God?
Let’s examine our hearts today and make a commitment to pursue God with all that is within us! That which we pursue with this type of intensity is that which we love. Do we love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength? Then let’s pursue Him whom our soul loveth in hot pursuit!
Isaiah 55:6 admonishes us, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Pursue Him more than anything! Seek Him and you will find Him . . . that’s a promise!
Father, I confess that my pursuit of You is often weak and lacking the drive of one in hot pursuit. Oh Father, forgive me for not seeking You with my whole heart! Forgive me for settling for being content with the status quo. Lord I want a burning desire in my heart to seek after You with all that is within me . . . You promised that if I seek You that You will be found! Lord, I want You – I want to know You, I want to know Your love more than ever before! Teach me to pursue You, to feel that desperation for You, to need You more than my next breath! Help me to find “him whom my soul loveth”! In Jesus’ name, amen and amen!
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matt 7:7-8)
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By linking "intensity" to "seeking" you have written a powerful and important message. It seems to me there are too many "that's" in this sentence: Wouldn’t you say that that which we seek after is that which we love the most? I thought the 4th paragraph after the scripture had too many questions, some of which were asking the same thing. This made it hard for me to focus, and, in my opinion diluted your desired impact. A great and necessary prayer at the end.
How quickly we lose our passion. I have had times in my life when I was in hot pursuit and times when I was not in pursuit. I prefer the former, but am most often in the latter. Thanks for the excellent reminder that when we are lukewarm, well you know how God views that.
"Wouldn’t you say that that which we seek after is that which we love the most?" --- That's for sure. Very good article. Thomas