We are told that to know God we must seek Him. So, we pray, read the bible, meditate, spend time with other believers, attend bible studies and church. Yet, with all that, do we really seek Him? To seek Him is not meant to be a passive activity. We are to strive after and diligently search for Him.
To strive after something is to use effort and energy. It is to labor and struggle and fight to receive something valuable, a prize or reward, a gift.
When we search for something we go looking. We look everywhere. We dig and uncover and sort through things to find what we are searching for. We make a careful and thorough investigation and examination of the facts.
God knows us. He does not need to seek and strive to know us. He created us. He knows us before we are born. And He wants us to know Him.
God is easy to find. Yet, He is not easy to know. He is complex; commanding and compassionate, demanding and loving, majestic and simple, authoritative and forgiving. He seems to be contrary, reactionary, unreasonable, capricious. However, in truth, He is absolute, constant, never-changing, perfect.
When we patiently persist and persevere as we seek Him, He will reveal Himself and we will know Him.
You will seek Me and find Me,
when you seek Me with all your heart
I wonder if I have labored like this?
I wonder if my spiritual muscles have ever ached because of my seeking?