Feeling like something is missing and so trying to find the missing piece? What are you seeking from your heart? Finding something that will fill that hole? Finding that you are trying too many wrong things? Keeping the search on in hopes of finding love and completeness?
Firstly, let’s make sure to find God which we can do by following the instructions found in Jeremiah 29:13 which tell us:
‘Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘Jeremiah 29:13
Secondly, we need a seeking heart for God and then we will find Him as also expressed in 2 Chronicles 15:2:
‘and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, as your soul’s first necessity], He will let you find Him; but if you abandon (turn away from) Him, He will abandon (turn away from) you. ‘2 Chronicles 15:2
Finally, God even tells us in the new testament how important seeking through prayer is to find what we need. We read in Matthew 7:7-8:
‘ “ Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. ‘Matthew 7:7-8
Furthermore, God’s ways are higher than our ways and better than our ways, so we need to turn to Him and seek Him with all of our hearts so that when we find Him, we can receive the answers we need to accomplish the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish!
Nevertheless, remember how we are to love the Lord with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our strength and with all our minds? Therefore, let’s be dads who are seeking God with this same level of effort!
The benefits of seeking God are clear:
- we will find Him
- we will find answers
- we will find direction
- we will find instructions
To clarify, today let’s seek God and invite Him into our hearts and our lives to lead and guide us!
Be The Dads who are seeking God and applying today’s verse of the day:
- Seek the Lord: “As a dad, make it a priority to seek the Lord regularly. Spend time in prayer, Bible study, and attending church to deepen your relationship with God.”
- Call on Him: “When faced with challenges as a dad, turn to God for guidance and strength. Pray for wisdom and discernment in your parenting decisions.”
- Forsake wicked ways: “Identify any sinful patterns in your life that may negatively affect your parenting. Confess and repent of these behaviors, and ask God for help in overcoming them.”
- Forsake unrighteous thoughts: “Take inventory of your thought life and make an effort to keep your mind focused on positive, godly things. Avoid dwelling on negative or harmful thoughts that can affect your attitude and actions toward your children.”
- Turn to the Lord: “Make a conscious effort to turn to God in all aspects of your life, including your role as a dad. Seek His guidance in how to raise your children and model His love and grace towards them.”
- Receive mercy: “Remember that as a dad, you will make mistakes and fall short. Seek God’s mercy and grace when you mess up, and extend the same forgiveness and understanding to your children.”
- Freely pardon: “Follow God’s example and be quick to forgive your children when they make mistakes. Show them the same mercy and grace that you have received from God.”
- Model forgiveness: “Make it a point to model forgiveness and reconciliation in your relationships, including your marriage and interactions with your children.”
- Teach your children about God’s forgiveness: “Help your children understand the concept of forgiveness and teach them about God’s mercy and grace towards us.”
- Pray for your children’s salvation: “Ultimately, as a dad, your greatest desire should be for your children to know and love God. Pray for their salvation and guide them toward a relationship with Him.”