When David passes his throne to his son, Solomon, his charge to him is a challenge for each and every one of us. The God who searches and sees every heart, desire, and thought wants to be found by us. He is accessible and personal and loves us more than anything…
9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
David’s words to Solomon are a summary of our God’s offer to each and every one of us: if you seek him he will be found. He is open to have relationship with each and every one of us. He loved us so much that he sent Jesus to save us and teach us how to live (John 3:16). Each of us has walked away from God ourselves (Isaiah 53:6) and in our rejection of him, he is willing still to accept us if we have faith.
He won’t force us, though. It’s up to us. And we can’t fake it. He sees every heart and desire and thought. He can see if we are seekers of him and followers of his Son. He sees it. Some of us need to be feet on it. Get to church. Say it out loud. Ask God to reveal himself in your life. God will be found by you if you seek him.
God is no chump, however. He will not tolerate a life lived against him and set on self and then welcome such a soul into his kingdom in eternity. Some of us think that this is unfair. Remember, we walked away. We went our own ways. He has respected our journeys away from him. He will not force you to seek him.
And he will not change your mind after you die.
The alternative is to serve God with wholehearted devotion and to have a willing mind. Willing. Willfully follow Jesus instead of willfully turning away from him. John 10:10 teaches us that Jesus came for us to have abundant, fulfilling lives. Turn toward yours and be willing about it.
This is your life and mine. The choice is ours. God doesn’t want half of your heart or half of your life. He wants all of you and he is willing to bless you with all of eternity. Will you seek him?