The Generation Who Seeks God:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah.” (Psalm 24:1-6).
This Scripture inspires my heart. It talks about Jacob – not the person, but a generation of people who seek God, and seek His face. Not just His benefits, but longing to know Him more deeply, intimately and personally. God blesses those who seek His face. He draws near to those who draw near to Him.
THE RIGHTEOUS GENERATION WHO SEEKS GOD:
“For God is with the generation of the righteous.” (Psalm 14:5).
Would you describe today’s generation as a generation who seeks God? The Bible says that God is with the generation of the righteous. But I wonder if our current generation can be described in that way? There is another kind of generation described in the Bible…
THE EVIL GENERATION WHO DOES NOT SEEK GOD:
- “11 There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.
- 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
- 13 There is a generation–oh, how lofty are their eyes. They are proud beyond description.
- 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.” (Proverbs 30:11-14).
I think that description from the book of Proverbs sound like our generation today.
“So the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone.” (Numbers 32:13).
The Bible says that because the generation of those who had come out of Egypt did evil, God would not allow them to enter the Promised Land. They wandered around in the wilderness until they all died off. The Bible says, “These events happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did or worship idols as some of them did. For the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged themselves in pagan revelry.” And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, for that is why God sent his angel of death to destroy them. All these events happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us, who live at the time when this age is drawing to a close.” (1 Corinthians 10:6-11).
I don’t know about you, but I want to be known as a generation that seeks after God. Let’s learn from the mistakes of our ancestors, and seek God with all of our hearts. When we seek God in prayer and purity, we can come into His presence, and receive a blessing from Him.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9).
Pastor Chris Jordan