Seeking God’s Face, Not His Hands

praying1Being a father myself and now also a grandfather, I know how it can melt your heart when a child comes and puts his hands around your neck and says, “Daddy, I love you!” Or when your grandchild sees you and puts on the biggest smile she has and reaches out her hands to you to be picked up by you. I call that a “love connection” – a reaction or expression based on pure love.

That is the reaction God longs to see in His children every time they come in His presence. Sadly, we are often too busy to run up to Him and throw our arms around His neck and love on Him. We roll into His presence and rattle off our prayer lists and accounts of our problems. Then we say Amen and leave His presence.

Our problem is often that we don’t have a revelation of God as our true Father; of His unconditional eternal love for us. If we had that, we would not be able to wait till the next time we are in His presence to run up to Him and fly around His neck telling Him how much we love Him.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

Perhaps we need to ask God to open the eyes of our spirit and to have this revelation.

It will shift our relationship with God from one of seeking His hands to give us something into one of seeking His face to just be with Him.

The apostle Paul cries out,

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ!” Phillipians 3:7-8

King David exclaims,

“How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.” Psalm 84:1-2

And again,

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?” – Psalm 42:1-2

These godly men just longed to be with their God –  purely just to be with Him. It isn’t until we too discover this secret, that we can enter fully into an intimate relationship with God in which He can call us “friends” instead of servant, “sons” instead of followers. In an intimate relationship with God He reveals His heart to you. And there He grants you the desires of your heart.

See, we often quote the promise found in Psalm 37:4 that He would grant us the desires of our hearts. But we need to look closer at that promise because it has a condition attached to it:

Delight yourself in the Lord;

And then He would do this:

And He will give you the desires of your heart.

What is delighting yourself in the Lord?

The word translated “delight” here is the Hebrew word Anag. One of its meanings is “to be happy about, to take exquisite delight; to make merry over.”

In other words, this verse tells us that if we make the Lord our reason to be happy, if we make Him our joy, our delight, THEN He will grant us the secret desires of our hearts. We have to want to seek His face purely because He is our everything in spite of our circumstances.

“I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:1-2

It is time that our Christianity turns Christ- or God-centred instead of me-centred. As we centre our lives around Him, He will be able to accomplish so much more through us. That’s why the Scriptures tell us in Ephesians 3:20-21,

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church

Keep focussing on Him, keep seeking His face and He will do MORE IN YOUR LIFE than you could ever imagine or ask or think!

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