What are you Seeking?
John, Pat, and Chris share how many today are seeking but they pose a question what are they seeking for? Some seek money, fame, luxury, a name, status, relationships, love, houses, stuff, but who is seeking God. They continue to share that the Bible says, it is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings Proverbs 25:2. They encourage us to seek God and not his hand to make seeking God the one thing we do, not to be distracted with anything that would pull us away from our pursuit of seeking Him.
God is in Control of Events and Kings
Proverbs 21:1 says, the Kings heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse, wherever he pleases and that is so true especially during the reign of the kings Israel. Pat shares from 2 chronicles 36:11-23, that after many warnings from Jeremiah to King Zedekiah to turn to God and his ultimate refusal it resulted in the Israelites going into captivity. After 70 years of captivity God moves on the heart of a pagan King, King Cyrus to finance the rebuilding of the temple. Why, because God wanted to make a way for his people to worship him. He was extending them another chance. Ultimately when it comes to God’s plan for his people it doesn’t matter who is the King or the person in governmental office. God has a way of making his will come to pass. God is in control.
United we Stand; Dived we Fall
In Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” Jesus speaks plainly about the importance of unity in this verse of scripture without even mentioning the word. What he does mention is the word that comes against unity and that is division. Many today are divided in their families, marriages, cities, and nation and at times even in the church. John and Pat remind us not to be ignorant of the enemy’s lies and schemes to bring in a wedge to divide. He uses tools like offense, pride, jealousy, and envy to do his dirty work. They continue to share that our focal point for unity should always be humility, forgiveness, and love.
Obedience Better than Sacrifice
In this moment of wisdom found in Proverbs 15:8 the Lord detest the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleased him. Some -times ones perception of reality is different from reality itself and one can be confused to think that God is okay with the wicked making ,“sacrifice” religious acts to and for God all the while they don’t know God/Jesus, as their Lord and savior. What pleases God are the prayers of those who know him and accept him as Lord. He doesn’t turn a deaf ear to anyone; however we can’t live a life that is wicked and expect to be heard. It’s better for us to obey God and submit to him first by accepting his son Jesus as our savior so that our worship to God can be accepted by God.