Seeking God When You Don’t Want To
Sometimes, I just don’t want to seek God.
I just don’t want to get up early in the morning, I just don’t want to stay up late at night, I just don’t want to lose a free hour, I just don’t want to lose homework time.
Maybe you’re in a place where, for whatever reason, you just don’t want to seek God either.
You have too much on your plate, you have too many commitments, you have too little time. You just don’t have time for God – and you don’t want to make time for God.
I’ve been there so many times! But I don’t want to be. I don’t want seeking God to be an after-thought, an area that gets what’s leftover from the rest of my life.
But thankfully, God’s Word teaches me how I should respond even when I don’t want to seek God. .
If I’m thirsty for God, I just need to come to Him.
Isaiah 55:1-3 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”
God created me for Himself. Only He can satisfy the deepest longings of my soul.
Much like the person in this passage, however, I spend all my resources on things that can never satisfy. My pursuit of these things contradicts my beliefs. How can I believe in a good, all-satisfying God and still delight in worldly pleasures?
Ultimately, we do not thirst for anything on this earth; we thirst for God. We certainly misinterpret the cause of our desire and the fulfillment of our desire, but God created us for Himself.
When I thirst for satisfaction, I am actually craving God. I don’t need to seek anything else.
If I’m far from God, I just need to call to Him.
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.”
Don’t ask yourself if God is near right now, or if now is a time when He may be found. I assure you, if you are ready to seek God then He is ready to be found by you.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
So when can you seek the Lord? When will He be near?
God is always near to the soul who seeks Him.
When I find myself feeling far from God, I should not wait to seek Him until I feel like it. I should seek Him right now. God has promised in His Word that those who seek Him will find Him.
That’s a promise you can run with. That’s a promise you can treasure. Don’t waste this precious gift! If you are far from God, call out to Him; seek Him.
If I’m disobeying God, I just need to return to Him.
Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
I have often made the mistake of avoiding God because of sin in my life. Sin makes me feel dirty. Sin makes me feel like a hypocrite. I feel like God must be tired of me and all my sin by now.
This verse has news for me (and for anyone else): sin should never keep me away from God because He stands ready to forgive.
God doesn’t just want me to confess and forsake my sin; He commands me too! He tells me to forsake my wicked ways and thoughts and to return to Him. He promises to have compassion on me and to abundantly pardon.
Do you know what “abundantly” means? God isn’t just promising to pardon me – He’s promising to abundantly pardon me. That means He will pardon me again and again and again. And then a whole lot more. And then some more, for good measure.
Do you know what that means?
My sin, and your sin, should never keep us from returning to God.
God’s mercy overwhelms us every single day.
Are you at a place where you just don’t want to seek God? If you desire God, you just need to come to Him. If you feel far from God, you just need to seek Him. If you are disobeying God, you just need to return to Him.
Don’t ever let your desires, feelings, or sin separate you from God.