Psalm 33:13-14 says
From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;
all who live on earth—
But Psalm 53:2 says
God looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God
God looks down and watches mankind to see if there is anyone who seeks him. But how do we truly seek God? He is spirit and we are flesh, and these two worlds (spiritual and physical) are separate!
John 1:1 says
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So what does this mean for me?
If God is the Word, then seeking the Word would be the same as seeking God, right? But is seeking enough?
Psalm 53 says that God looks to see if there are any who seek, but also if anyone understands.
A friend once shared the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch from Acts 8:26-31 with me, and pointed out how even though the eunuch was truly seeking and studying the scriptures, he needed Philip to explain the scriptures to him before he was able to truly understand them. The eunuch was not able to understand until God, via his angel, sent Philip to explain the scriptures to him (v.35).
I can totally sympathize with that eunuch! Seeking, but not truly understanding… until it is explained to you. And God really does want us to have true understanding of his Word. To truly know him, his thoughts and his plans.
Hosea 6:6 says
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
These days we don’t still make physical sacrifices, or offer burnt offerings, but we do offer God our worship, our hearts and prayers, as well as tithes and monetary offerings. However, more than this God wants mercy and acknowledgement of Him (Hos 6:6).
In order to acknowledge God we have to truly seek him, and that means seeking the truth and true understanding of his Word.