“I love those who love Me; and those who diligently seek Me will find Me.” -Proverbs 8:17
This portion of Scripture tells us that when we love God, we can be assured that He will love us back, and when we look for Him, we can be assured that we will find Him. There’s a way in which we’re to look for God. We’re to look for Him diligently. What does that mean? In the original Hebrew, the word is “shachar” and according to the Strong’s Concordance of the Bible it means: “to seek, seek early or earnestly, look early or diligently for.” According to Webster’s Dictionary “diligent” means; “Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties.”
What all of that tells me is that we are to put some effort into our seeking. We can’t haphazardly hope that we by chance run into God somewhere at some point. We have to be industrious and work at it. We have to be studious and not just glance at our Bibles now and then, but actually study the Word of God.
We need to WANT to find God, and actually care enough to put forth the effort. Here’s a question for you. What makes you feel more loved; when someone close to you cares enough to tell you “Happy Birthday!” or when they really put forth some effort and do something special for you? Effort says, “You are valuable to me.”
This IS a RELATIONSHIP we are in with God. When Jesus Christ became the Lord of our lives, He also became our friend. Relationships are two-way streets. How many relationships do you have that are one way AND fulfilling? Our relationship with our Heavenly Father deserves effort. He’s the One more worthy of our efforts than anyone. How much effort are you giving Him?
©2018, Brenda Lenz – Loving Proof devotional