For years I have heard people say that we should seek God’s face and not His hand. I couldn’t disagree more.
I think we are to seek His face, His hand, His arms, His mind, His Presence, peace, joy, wisdom, provision, protection, and everything else He is and does!
I understand why people say that, so that we don’t just use God. As my friend pastor Mark Cowper-Smith says, “Many of us married God for His money.”
I would say that if all you are doing is seeking God’s hand, that’s a problem. He wants a relationship with you. But often times to emphasize one point we underemphasize another.
I like what Bill Johnson says,
“If you seek God’s face, just look down and you’ll see His hand is right there.”
The Scriptures say it this way,
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” 1 Chronicles 16:11 NKJ.
Jabez was one that wasn’t shy about asking for God’s blessings and protection. Listen to his prayer, and God’s response:
“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:9, 10
Jabez’ name means, “pain”. Isn’t that nice? But he was not going to let that be his destiny. How did he change his destiny? By calling out to God.
I call out to God every day for His favor (His face), and His hand. I do not want only what I can produce in my life. Do you? I hope not.
We are a needy people. At times, desperate. But God is there for us if we will call out to Him.
I love it when my kids ask me for help, to fix something for them, or to meet a need they have. Why? Because I love them. I am their father. God is your Father.
As you spend time in the Word and prayer today, do not hold back. Seek God’s face for relationship. Seek God’s hand for provision and protection. He will love it.
“Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:32 NLT
THINK ABOUT IT
- Does it make you uncomfortable to ask God for things? If so, why do you think that is?
- How do you think it would change your life, and the life of those around you, if you sought both God’s face and His hand every day?