Everything begins with God. He is the Creator and Source of all things, including our success! For us to have true and lasting success we must seek God first. We must give Him the first place in every aspect of our life.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and the He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
The word “seek” in Greek is ek-za-te-o which means to seek out, search for, investigate, scrutinize, beg, crave, to demand back, require.
We must develop a craving for the face, person, and presence of God. Too many Christian’s have just
a casual relationship with God. Deuteronomy 4:29 says to search for God and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul. This verse does not suggest a casual or convenient relationship. It speaks of a heart with an all-in attitude toward its relationship with the Lord.
We must come to know God’s secret depths and all the things He has planned for us (1 Corinthians 2:9). God has prepared things for us that must be sought after by seeking Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden (Colossians 2:3). The treasures (successes) we seek are to be found within the person of Christ.
All of David’s successes came about because he had a heart that craved God (Psalm 42:1-2). David eagerly sought the Lord, thirsted for Him and even his body fainted for God (Psalm 63:1). David’s heart said to seek the Lord’s face and he obeyed (Psalm 27:8). We know that David linked seeking God to His Word (Psalm 119:2). In Daniel, we find another example of one who seeks the Lord. In Daniel 9:3-19, Daniel said that he turned his attention to the Lord God, to seek Him in prayer and petitions with fasting, sackcloth and ashes (he was serious). These verses describe a heart-felt prayer based on revelation from God’s Word.
There is one more thing that we must realize if we truly desire to seek God. God and His kingdom cannot be separated. To seek God is to seek first His kingdom. God is the King of His kingdom and Matthew 6:33 says that if we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the things we need will be added to us. We are not to be like the gentiles (unbelievers seeking THE THINGS we need for survival. We, the true believers, seek God, His kingdom and His righteousness first. Then what we need will be given to us.
It is easy to be deceived and seek for success in and of itself and not even know that that is what we are actually doing. If we are sick, we often find ourselves seeking healing instead of the HEALER. If we are lacking in finances, we often search for ways to get the provision we need instead of the One who gives us the power to create the wealth we desire (Deuteronomy 8:18).
The purpose of this article is to make us aware of our need to seek God first and not success. Success will come to those who establish a loving relationship with God and together, as partners, pursue success. It’s not success first, it’s God in us and with us that delivers success to us. When we do things God’s way, success comes to us and we don’t have to chase after it.
How can we develop a loving relationship with God? Here are a few ways that can help us develop a hunger for Him:
- A hunger for God will produce a craving for Him. Have you ever had a food that you didn’t care for at first, but the more you ate and enjoyed it the more you craved it? We can develop a hunger for God by practicing, regularly and consistently, a daily time in prayer and the Word. As we do this, our hunger or seeking for God will continue to increase.
- The testimonies of others can stir within us a hunger for God. As we listen to their experiences of God we develop a desire for what they have with God. I would suggest downloading the ISN APP (It’s Supernatural Network) from your Android or Apple store and listen to it REGULARLY. Another great APP is BVOVN (Believers Voice of Victory Network). Just like seeing a food commercial over and over, the repeated viewing or listening implants an auto-suggestion to go out and get that food. We need to subject ourselves to hearing the ministry and testimonies of others in much the same way.
- Oftentimes God will withdraw His presence and leave us feeling empty. That feeling of emptiness is like hunger pains. It should cause us to want God. Therefore, the absence of God’s presence can result in our longing for Him.
I would strongly recommend spending some time with the Lord. It may lead you to confess your lack of time with Him. The Bible says that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). When we are faithful to spend time with the Lord, He will be faithful to bless us above and beyond what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3.20).