Do people seek God?

Image“We confuse two similar yet different human actions. We see people searching desperately for peace of mind, relief from guilt, meaning, and purpose to their lives, and loving acceptance. We know that ultimately these things can only be found in God. Therefore, we conclude that since people are seeking these things they must be seeking after God.”

“People do not seek God. They seek after the benefits that only God can give them. The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. We are, by nature, fugitives.” (Thomas Aquinas)

We hide…

  • “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid …. so I hid” (Genesis 3:9-10).

Not even one…

  • “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one'” (Romans 3:10-12).

God is the only seeker…

  • “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
  •  “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
  •  “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).

A gift from God…

 “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (II Corinthians 5:18-21).

Steve Cornell

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One Response to Do people seek God?

  1. andydbrown says:

    Great post once again, Pastor! It’s so important to make this clear that NO ONE seeks God as you quoted from Romans 3 which is quoting and confirming what was already declared by God in Psalm 14…and yet we have “seeker friendly services” in church?! I remember this deep spiritual truth as a new Christian in a bible study with other men from Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” where the author was sharing how if someone comes to you and asks you about Jesus and the Bible, for example, it could only be the Spirit of God at work in their lives because as you mentioned here, “no one seeks God”. God alone draws us through His Holy Spirit and even when “we come to the LORD”, it was always Him who was calling us. Thanks for this important reminder!

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