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Seeking the Lord’s Face: A Cove Devotional

One of our summer interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Naomi Balk, wrote a devotion entitled, “Seeking The Lord’s Face” that we would like to share with you.

Seeking the Lord’s Face

So often in Christian circles, it’s easy to let distractions and demands pull Christ from our attention and from His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We were meant to know Christ and enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him, so let us seek God like Hebrews 12:1 says: “[laying] aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…” Don’t undermine your relationship with your Creator by being complacent.

The best of us have lost something irreplaceable or valuable like your car keys or wallet. The rush to find it can become all-consuming because even a high price or inconvenience is worth it to get it back. At the end of the day, we must not neglect the valuable things of life. Jesus shared a story in Matthew 13:44-46 about a man who sold everything he had to buy a plot of land because on that plot there was buried treasure.  It probes the question, are we willing to let go of what we have just to know God?

Taking a deeper look at the Old Testament, the word “seek” is often associated with seeking God’s presence or seeking His face. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The Hebrew uses two different works for “seek”. The first “you will seek” means: to seek, require, desire, exact, request. The second means “to resort to, or seek out”. God promises His presence (Hebrews 13:5), yet we are to us to seek Him with our whole heart — moment by moment— because he is worthy.

In the scope of eternity, diving deeper into the depths knowing God is the most eternally significant thing we can do while on earth. Humanity was created to know and enjoy Him. We could never fully comprehend the all-knowing God, yet the apostle Paul celebrates what God has revealed about Himself in the Gospel. Romans 11:33 says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

In addition to His complexity, God has revealed Himself by causing the Word to become flesh (John 1:1, 14), and He invites us to grow in relationship and in holiness. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Though the words, “draw near” sound passive, they are not!

Followers of Christ are on a journey of transformation and spiritual growth. This often involves spiritual disciplines, time in the Word, fellowship with believers and spiritual retreats. In all of life’s noise, be encouraged to seek God and ask Him to show you more of who He is. One of the best ways is to recommit and surrender your heart to Christ and invite Him into each moment.

If you would like to learn more about a relationship with God, I invite you to visit this link.  This will be the greatest decision of your life.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 60:22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 60:22 (NIV).

“The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

One of the most difficult things in the Christian life is to wait patiently on God’s timing.  We may not always understand why it is  necessary to wait, but in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, God will answer our prayers and sustain us while we wait.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 147:10-11

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 147:10-11 (NIV).

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor His delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear Him,
    who put their hope in His unfailing love.”

The Lord has found great value in each of us, despite the weaknesses and inadequacies that we see in ourselves.   He only asks that we turn our hearts to Him.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

 “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.”

If we are willing to turn from sin and allow God to direct our lives, He will heal and protect our land.  His favor is upon those that are faithful and committed to Him.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 37:5-6

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)

“Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this:
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
 your vindication like the noonday sun.”

When we give God our plans, He will perfect them.  We can be sure that we are on the right track and great things lie ahead.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 26: 3 (NIV)

“You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.”

The Lord wants to be your relief from worries and stress.  He is the source of peace.  When we keep our hearts and minds on Him, He will sustain us and keep us moving forward in His perfect plan.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Samuel 12:16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 Samuel 12:16 (NIV)

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”

When our faith and trust is in the Lord, then He will do exceedingly more in our lives than we can imagine. Just have patience, trust His plan, and be expectant of great things ahead.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV)

And He said to me,  ‘My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. ‘ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ”

During the times that we face unexpected trials or hardships, we can know God will be there to guide us through.  Through Him, we have hope and guidance to move forward.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:15

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)

…This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The monumental battles in life are not monumental to our God who has already overcome this world.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 55:22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

“Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken”

Throughout the Bible, God tells us that we can lean on Him in times of struggle and He will take care of us.  There is nothing He does not understand and nothing beyond His control.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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