Daily Devotionals

100% Week 4 Wednesday

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9

I lose things a lot. Whether I am looking for my keys, phone, a missing earring, or anything else, I am almost always looking for something. Maybe you can relate. When I hunt for an item I’m missing, I am not certain I will find it. I often find what I was looking for, but I come up short and find nothing other times. I cannot know for certain how these quests for missing items will end. We have talked earlier this week about how human beings were born with a longing for meaning and purpose that will only be found in Jesus. The incredible news is that when we seek Christ, we do not have to wonder if we will find Him. We can know for certain that we will find Him, Scripture teaches.

 Yesterday we looked at Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes’ search for fulfillment. Today, let’s rewind and look at David’s instruction to his son Solomon that he seems to take to heart. When instructing Solomon, David told him, “learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought” (verse 9). This was wise teaching. David wanted Solomon to know God closely and follow Him with his entire being. Not only this, but David was passing on some of his own experience. He said, “If you seek Him, you will find Him” (verse 9). This was the promise. If Solomon sought God, He would find Him.

The same is true for us, friends. If we seek God, we will find Him. God is not hard to find, and He does not stay far from us. He makes Himself widely available and accessible when we look for Him. This is a promise we can hold on to. May we devote ourselves to seeking and finding God and experience the joy of knowing Him!

Moving Toward Action

What does it look like for you specifically to search for Christ? Maybe studying Scripture is your favorite way to connect with Christ. Perhaps for you, listening to sermons and learning draws you to Him. Maybe worshiping or being out in nature makes you feel connected to Christ. Whatever the case, spend some time seeking Christ and seeing how He might be leading you right now. When you seek Him, take comfort in the truth that you will find Him.

Going Deeper

1 Chronicles 28:1-21 (NLT)

Benjamin’s first son was Bela, the second was Ashbel, the third was Aharah, the fourth was Nohah, and the fifth was Rapha.

The sons of Bela were Addar, Gera, Abihud, Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.

The sons of Ehud, leaders of the clans living at Geba, were exiled to Manahath. Ehud’s sons were Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera. Gera, who led them into exile, was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab. His wife Hodesh gave birth to Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah. These sons all became the leaders of clans.

Shaharaim’s wife Hushim had already given birth to Abitub and Elpaal. The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham, Shemed (who built the towns of Ono and Lod and their nearby villages), Beriah, and Shema. They were the leaders of the clans living in Aijalon, and they drove out the inhabitants of Gath.

Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth, Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were the sons of Beriah.

Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.

Jakim, Zicri, Zabdi, Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.