Face to Face

What does it mean to seek God’s heart?

Seeking God’s heart means to seek His intimate presence. It means to seek to know Him beyond our religious doctrine. It means to know Him face to face. The Hebrew word for “face” is simply translated as “presence”.  We are to seek his “face” (his presence) continually.

This is not a passive “hanging out” sort of presence. We must desire to know God’s heart regarding our relationship as His child. He valued us enough to send His Son to the cross to suffer and die for us. He did not do that so we could have a lukewarm, half-hearted relationship with him.

God doesn’t live on a mountain or in temples of stone. God indwells us through His Holy Spirit. His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His children.

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:20-24) (ESV)

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8:16) (ESV)

God has given us seasons and the boundaries of our dwelling place that we “might reach out for Him and find Him!”

What a beautiful picture of the intimacy of our Father. “The God who made the world and all things in it” purposes to be “not far from each one of us.”

The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ (Acts 17:24-28) (WEB)

Face to Face – To know Him fully

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1Cor 13:12) (ESV)