Thank you for returning to my Bible study blog. I am so excited that I have the opportunity to write about God’s word.
Many times in our lives we tend to find happiness in other people or other things. When all along, our true happiness comes from God. This lesson may sound similar to Day 3, but there is so much that I have found and it is so important. Today, what I want you to think about is do you diligently seek God’s face? You are spending time with God right now so be honest this is between you and Him. Do you diligently seek His face?
What would happen if Christ did not diligently seek you or others? Would you be saved by His grace? We need to seek just as Christ did. God asks several times; what do you seek?
Check out and match the verses below.
Whatever you do in life you should put 100% of yourself into it. How many times in your life have you heard that statement? I will have to say every day of my life growing up! My children now hear it just about every day. Your employer expects you to be diligent in your job. In sports a person is expected to be diligent in their practices, so why are we not diligent in our Bible studies? If we put God first before all other areas, then why do you only allow 15 minutes day or 3 days a week to learn more about Him? Yes, I am guilty of this at different times in my life.
During the Christmas season I do a lot of my shopping online. I would rather avoid the crowds than get a super deal. Think about how you search for a particular item. I usually go to a search engine and type in the item. I am sure that you are like me once you start your search you have taken several rabbit trails and you’ve been on the computer for hours. We should be seeking God with that kind of diligence. Each scripture leads to another the next thing you know you have been into God’s word for hours. The difference between shopping online and seeking God is that you are exhausted after shopping and rejuvenated after you Bible study.
What does God’s word say about being diligent?
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all _____________ to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Joshua 22:5 But take ___________ heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your________and with all your_______.
God wants us to be diligent in our search because he wants us to grow and mature in His word. As a Christian we are all at different maturity levels because we have all been saved at different times in our lives. We will never be perfect in our search of God’s knowledge but we should always give a perfect effort. We recently watched movie, When the Game Stands Tall; I loved this movie and highly suggest that you watch it. The movie is a great example of diligence and putting forth that perfect effort! Remember God’s will is perfect – man’s is not. In Colossian 3:1-2, what does God say we should focus on and why? _____________________________________________________________________________
Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a reward of those that diligently seek Him. For me, just to know that God is pleased with me because I am diligent is reason enough! When we diligently seek Him we gain wisdom.
Solomon received his wisdom from God; this is one reason why he is known as the wisest king and person who has ever lived. How did he get that way? He diligently sought God for all his questions. He was always going to God for guidance. Here is Solomon in his own words.
How do you learn to seek Him and be obedient? Hebrews 5 :7-8 ____________________________________________________________________________
We learn to seek Him through those sufferings that bring us to obedience. Paul tells us, in Hebrew 6:12, not to be slothful. What does slothful mean? ________________________________________________________________________
How is being slothful a negative connotation to seeking God’s face? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
You will never mess up by diligently seeking God’s guidance. Do you seek God’s guidance before or after you seek man’s? We should seek Him with our whole heart and soul.
Application or prayer: Seek God as hard and as much as you would your favorite hobby, even more for that matter. Ask God to burden your heart to be more diligent in seeking Him. He gave His life for you; how diligent is that! He gave His ALL, we should give ours.