Dozens of times we read in the Bible that God said He would never leave or forsake “you” – the one to whom He was speaking.
BUT HOW ABOUT ME? HOW ABOUT YOU? HOW CAN WE KNOW GOD IS WITH US? HOW CAN WE KNOW GOD WILL NOT LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US?
Psalm 9:10 says ” Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
To know that God is with you, you must ask yourself, “Do I seek the LORD?”
To seek something means to go after it. You desire what you are seeking. You diligently run after it to obtain it. The care with which you want God, look for Him, and follow after Him determines how much knowledge you have God is with you.
When you were young and played hide and seek with your friends, you would do some things to “seek” the person who was “hiding”. You would look and listen. You’d span the hiding area with your eyes. Then you’d listen for any stirrings, voices, or breathing that may lead you in the direction of the hiding friend.
Knowing God is with you and seeking Him are very similar. You span your field of view for evidence of God’s presence. You listen for His movement, voice, or wind of influence.
Jesus told the people who believed on Him, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed.” John 8:31 Another word for disciple is follower.
Jesus was telling them that as long as they kept listening to Him, they would be following Him. That is how they could know God was with them. We keep following. We keep looking and listening.
So maybe the real question is, “Am I with God?” If I’m with God, then God will be with me. God is the same and has not moved. If we don’t sense God is near, it may be that we have moved.
The more we go after God, the more God will be with us. The more we seek God, the more He will be found by us.
HOW DO WE SEEK GOD?
Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The first step in seeking the Lord go after Him with all our heart. All our will. All our “wanter”. Let Him and His will be all we need, look for, and desire.
To practice seeking the Lord take these two steps daily:
Read God’s Word – If you do not have a regular habit of reading the Bible, start one today. Set aside a time and location daily where you will Look and Listen for God. You will span the pages of His Word and listen for what He has said to others and says to you today.
Pray Always – Prayer can be known as calling on the Name of the Lord. The name of someone represents their reputation. As you read the Bible, you will be more knowledgeable of the reputation of God. Then you can begin calling on God regularly for Him to bring His reputation and ways in your life and circumstances.
These don’t seem like a lot when it comes to knowing God is with you. One step in seeking for your friend in hide and seek didn’t seem like a lot, but you knew as you took one step, then another, eventually you would come upon the one you sought after. Therefore, the more often you take these individual steps of reading the Bible and praying, the more readily you will come upon the One you seek after. The One who you want to be with you. The One who wants to be with you.