Well, I received another message from him. He’s that “friend” who I haven’t seen in a few months but whenever he “needs” something, he reaches out to me.
I’m being honest, that bothers me. You know, the only time he ever texts is when he needs a favor from me.
A few months ago, I used this verse for another devotion, and as I read it, a phrase leaped out at me..
2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Notice the phrase “Seek my FACE.” It doesn’t say “Seek my HAND.” “Seek my hand” indicates WANTING something FROM God; a blessing, protection, repairing and restoring. While all of these are wonderful gifts from God, He says “Seek my FACE.” This indicates He wants us to know more OF Him. He desires that we know Him as our Father, provider, restorer, healer, Savior and friend instead of just a “Mr. Fix It.”
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Prayer starter: “Lord, forgive us when we have wanted more of what You can do, than simply for who You are. May we seek Your face with our whole heart. In Jesus name. Amen.”