Diligently Seeking God

Text: Hebrews 11:6

The Hebrew writer said that God will reward those who “diligently seek Him” (KJV). Jesus promised that if we “seek” we “will find” (Matthew 7:7). Is this a guarantee? Yes! If we seek God, we will find Him. But how? This lesson will discuss how God made it so He can be found by those who seek for Him.

The Physical Creation Testifies of Him (Romans 1:20)

  • We can understand some things about God through Creation – omnipotence, omniscience, love, etc.
  • The glory of God is declared through the physical world (Psalm 19:1-6) – design demands a designer (cf. Hebrews 3:4)
  • God is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1) – He creation testifies of Him

His Enduring Providence is a Witness to Him (Acts 14:16-17)

  • God made the promise to Noah that these blessings would continue (Genesis 8:22)
  • This has been a witness to all men – even those who do not yet acknowledge Him (Matthew 5:45)
  • The Lord is our sustainer (Colossians 1:16-17) – without Him, continued life on earth would not be possible

He Has Set Eternity in Our Hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

  • We were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) – there is a spiritual part of us that sets us apart from the animals; we have a longing for something lasting and meaningful; animals do not have this
  • God made it so that we would seek after Him (Acts 17:27) – we are naturally curious; we want to know where we came from and why we are here; this search leads us to God and our purpose (cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • We have an innate understanding that we have a higher purpose – God has placed this within us

The Scriptures Indicate That They Are of Divine Origin (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • The writers of the Bible were inspired – this is how they were able to produce such a book; forty authors, various backgrounds, three languages, over a span of 1,500 years, yet no real contradictions; that is not humanly possible; but since it is from God, it is (John 10:35)
  • Furthermore, God confirmed the word through miracles (Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:20)
  • The Bible contains the word of men who were inspired (2 Peter 1:20-21) – not possible to produce such a book otherwise

The Resurrection of Jesus Is a Historical Fact (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

  • History is based upon eyewitness testimony that is recorded for future generations – there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:5-8); when the resurrection was preached (Acts 2:24), the opponents of Jesus did not (could not) produce His body to refute it (Matthew 28:11-15)
  • Also, the apostles went from a state of fear (John 20:19) to being willing to suffer and die (Acts 4:19-20) – no logical explanation for this if they knew they were lying (1 Corinthians 15:14-15, 19, 32)
  • The resurrection of Jesus gives us hope (1 Corinthians 15:20-22) – makes it so that we are willing to count all things as loss to attain to it (Philippians 3:7-11)

What Is More Reasonable to Believe…

  • That matter is eternal or that it came from nothing? Or that God created the heavens and the earth?
  • That the world around us operates perfectly by chance? Or that the Lord holds all things together?
  • That a sense of purpose or higher calling evolved in us? Or that God placed that within us?
  • That forty independent men over 1,500 years wrote a volume of books on their own without contradiction? Or that the Bible is from God?
  • That the apostles willingly died for what they knew was a lie? Or that Jesus rose from the dead?

Conclusion

  • Those who will honestly and diligently seek for God will find Him
  • He wants all to be saved (2 Peter 3:9) – He has made it so that we can find Him
  • We must have faith if we hope to please Him (Hebrews 11:6) and fulfill our purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

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