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Grab Your Shovel

1 Chronicles 16:11

Search for the LORD and for His strength; seek His face always.

Does Scripture ever seem to contradict itself to you? Many atheists, agnostics, and scientific thinkers would agree and discredit the Bible altogether. Why would God say one thing in one place and something just the opposite in another? These are invitations to read further and dig deeper, so grab your shovel.

This verse encourages us to search the LORD for strength, and most of us can readily admit we are weak in some areas. We need His strength to carry us through difficult or challenging times, and we can count on His strength in our weaknesses. This verse, however, also instructs us to seek His face always. Yet, in Exodus 33:20, God told Moses that no one can see Him and live. He would allow Moses to see only his backside after He had already passed by him. If no one can see God’s face and live, why are we instructed to seek His face always?

In reading both Scriptures, the word, ”face,” is used to describe two different things. Moses asked God to show him His glory. He wanted to see what God was doing and what would come of it all. God would not show Moses exactly what He was doing, but He agreed to show him where He had been working. We will never be able to see exactly what God doing while He is in the process. He is working according to His plan, and He works in the hearts of men. If we could see His holiness and His power up close and personal in action, it would be too much for us to handle or comprehend. He does, however, allow us to see the results of His handiwork. That way, He can accomplish His goals without our interference!

The use of the word, “face,” in 1 Chronicles 16:11 is different. Here, we are instructed to seek God’s presence. By seeking His face, we are seeking to have relationship and communication with Him. To turn His back would indicate God had left. We never want to find ourselves in a place where God has left. His blessing comes with His presence, and unless He is in it, we don’t want it!

It always helps to dig deeper when we don’t fully understand something. God promises to give us wisdom if we will ask. Sometimes, we might have to wait on an answer, but He is faithful. I firmly believe that He gives us questions and leaves things in mystery at times just so we will grab our shovels and dig for some buried treasure. We find such things when we seek His face and are willing to remain in His presence a little longer. Oh, the things a Father will do to keep His child’s attention!

Have a blessed day!

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