Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
— Jesus the Christ
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication, a duty.
— MME. De Stael
I have seldom known any one who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.
— William Paley
Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue.
— Walter Scott
The Holy Bible was written by over 50 independent authors who represented some 20 different occupations and who lived in ten different countries. These authors wrote over a span of 16 centuries in three different languages, and they wrote a singular story involving a cast of 2,930 characters. Their entire story contains 774,746 words. With all this time and variety, they yet all told pieces of the same story. A thoughtful reading of the entire story seems to provide us with a dominating directive from our Creator God. That directive is that we SEEK Him. For whatever reason and for whatever purpose, regardless as to whether we totally understand why, our Creator has repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly told us to SEEK Him. He has also repeatedly promised us that if we will diligently seek Him, then we WILL find Him. Though our human minds might in one sense think that this a simple or childish or silly thing for the Creator of the entire universe to tell us to do, who are we to question the Creator of the universe? He has not asked us to be a world champion in any endeavor. He has not asked us to swim the ocean. He has not asked us to conquer space. He has not asked us to move a mountain. He has not asked us to solve the mysteries of electricity, magnetism and gravity. He has not asked us to become wealthy. He has not asked us to solve world hunger. He has not asked us to learn a foreign language. He has not asked us to clone a goat. He has not asked us to cure cancer. He has not asked us to vote straight Democrat or straight Republican. He has not asked us to find him. He HAS asked us to SEEK Him. How difficult can that be? The task is so easy, and yet so few of us are truly willing to earnestly seek our Creator. Even if we had doubts as to our Creator’s existence, why would we not automatically seek Him in any case? If there were no God and if this world were all there would ever be for us, what would we lose by seeking a Creator who might not exist? We would lose nothing, because if this world were all there is, then we have nothing. But God does exist, and He has asked and directed us to seek Him. Whether we understand the wisdom in that directive is not the issue and should not matter; reality is that our Creator has directed us to seek Him. Again, how difficult can that be? Our number one task in life is to SEEK our Creator. Simple.
From a spiritual perspective, life in this world in and of itself means nothing; as we now are, we are worthless; whatever should happen to us in this life matters little and is of minimal consequence. In this physical world, we are simply observers, and learners, and seekers. What we do with the situation handed to us in this life and how we react to all external influences is paramount. To re-phrase, this world is our testing ground and is of no lasting importance. Our response and reaction to this testing facility is of ultimate importance. Our Creator is not concerned nearly so much with our station in life as with our attitude toward Him. He wants us to seek him continuously – without ceasing.
1Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.
We do have to live in this world, of course. We do have to provide for daily needs. We do have to conform to social norms to at least some degree, as long as those norms do not conflict with our Creators directives for us. These physical and social requirements do necessitate that we cannot cease all normal activity and spend the remainder of our life on our knees in open and constant verbal prayer. But we can proceed with a constant prayerful attitude. Our means of worshiping our Creator are few. We can fast. We can study scripture, and other literature and physical data as it relates to scripture. We can meditate. We can pray. If we want to properly seek God and to “pray without ceasing,” we must find a manner in which we can incorporate the actions of prayer, meditation, study and fasting into our daily lives. We have no real choice other than to continue with our daily lives, but we all need to reach the degree of spiritual development in our lives to where every activity we undertake passes osmotically through an attitude which revolves around a search for our Creator. Our lives consist of physical psyche, mental psyche, emotional psyche and spiritual psyche. We must learn to develop a healthy and balanced approach which incorporates all four of these pieces of our being. The proper approach is to see that the physical, mental, and emotional are always overlaid and meshed with the spiritual. Our spiritual self must be always paramount, and our spiritual self is that self which is composed of seeking, and praying, and fasting, and meditating.
How else can we seek God? Through scripture we can learn some of the specifics which are directed toward our activities.
- We are specifically told that we should seek.
- We are specifically told that we should love.
- We are specifically told that we should forgive.
- We are specifically told that we should keep the Commandants.
- We are specifically told that we should love our wife.
- We are specifically told that we should submit to our husband.
- We are specifically told that we should study.
- We are specifically told that we should pray.
- We are specifically told that we should fast.
- We are specifically told that we should care for widows and orphans.
- We are specifically told that we should teach our children.
- We are specifically told that we should praise God's name.
- We are specifically told that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
- We are specifically told that we should pray that God will make us worthy of His protection during the tribulation period.
- We are specifically told that we should pray for forgiveness.
- We are specifically told that we should pray for God’s Kingdom to come.
- We are specifically told that “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
- We are specifically told: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
- We are specifically told that we should commit everything to the LORD (YHWH) and trust Him in all things.
None of the tasks listed above which have been handed to us are difficult, IF we are WILLING. It’s not always easy to be willing, but if we can get past that unwillingness and forgo the cares of this world, then the tasks become somewhat easy. God has asked little of us because we have nothing to give God other than our devotion. God has asked much of us because he wants ALL of our devotion. All God wants from us is an attitude – an attitude of searching for Him. How difficult can that be?
My Personal Note to My Children and Grandchildren
Your number one ambition -- ahead of social concerns, ahead of career security, ahead of comfort, ahead of health, ahead of self, ahead of your friends, ahead of anything you may love, ahead of any person you may love -- your number one concern above all else and above anything in this world should be to “seek first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), because “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). Please search. I love you more than life.
Since it is often easy for us to become frustrated and disheartened with the mundane duties of the day to day follies which sometimes seem to accompany us, I thought the following notions might prove to be worthy of contemplation.
When a seed falls to the ground, is warmed by the sun, moistened by the rain, and nourished by the soil, a true miracle occurs. It sprouts roots which grow down, stems and leaves which grow up, and eventually more seeds which are virtually identical to the original. These new seeds are all capable of the same accomplishment. They always grow only the same type plant and produce seeds which are proximate clones of the original – every time – EVERY time. Why are we not in constant astonishment at this miracle? Can we even begin to truly imagine the processes by which this happens? Yet we humans sit arrogantly close by and treat such miracles as mundane. The consideration of this miracle astounds me.
When rain falls upon us, why are we concerned with being wet instead of being in absolute awe at the wonder which brings us this life sustaining liquid? Rain very simply – with unimaginable complexity – falls for us from the sky. This miracle mesmerizes me.
When we see the color green on the grasses, why are we not perplexed with the living, growing, self-reproducing display of this beautiful miracle of green life which surrounds us? This miracle marvels me.
When we witness trees spring from the ground and produce beauty for us, shade for us, food for us, shelter for us, fuel for us, and breath for us, how do we not reverence their existence? When they – without thought or consciousness – reproduce themselves and become living matter from inanimate soil and rock, how do we continue in our daily lives without so much as a passing thought? Why do we not deem trees majestic miracles? This miracle startles me with wonder.
When a flower blooms, and we behold its radiant and vibrant colors, how are we not struck dumb with the miracle which bestows such wondrous beauty on us? The flower’s seeds produce time after time after time near exact replicas of the original flower. They are always beautiful and they are always for our pleasure. The flower reproduces itself without thought or consciousness. Flowers are ubiquitous upon the earth. Why are they there? Why does this miracle not overwhelm us? Even the thought of this miracle takes my breath. This miracle is breathtaking.
When we behold the nightly stars, why are we not dumbfounded? These stars portray trillions of stellar miracles before our eyes. We sometimes notice them with casual silence. They are miracles from unimaginable distances, and they are displayed for us. This miracle dwarfs my consciousness – I gaze in wonder.
When we witness a child being born, and we witness that child grow, and we witness that child learn to think, and we witness that child learn to explore, and we witness that child make mistakes, and we witness that child learn from those mistakes, and we witness that child contemplate life, and we witness that child learn to love, and we witness ourselves feel that child’s love, and we witness that child become an adult much like us, why do we deem that as common? This miracle bestows upon my mind an inability to communicate the alarming amazement and wonder that I experience. I am perplexed and awed.
Myriads of miracles – true and pure miracles – surround us constantly. A very few of those miracles are mentioned above. We generally choose not to notice them. If any one of us were witnessing for the first time the original of any of the above miracles, we would have zero problem in instantly classifying them as miracles. Do myriads of miracles make miracles something less than miracles? I think not. We are, indeed, surrounded by millions of true and absolute miracles. These are just as miraculous as anything we commonly dream of as being miraculous, and they are, indeed, as miraculous, if not more so, than any miraculous situation upon which we might be inspired to someday dream. We need not more miracles. We need good sense. If we are not blown away by the existing miracles, how can our arrogance be moved by some future inconsequential miracle? I remain perplexed and awed.
My Father in Heaven, my Creator, and my Healer; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Creator and Healer of all existence; Yahweh, Father of Yeshua the Messiah, in whose name I always pray, please hear and act upon my heartfelt petition for your guidance and assistance. Please grant my prayerful request for your unbounded mercy. Please apply your mercy to my human frailties, as my mortal attempts toward seeking you fall terribly short of my desired awareness of your glory. Please, Father, bless not only my frail attempt at seeking you, but also bless me with a spiritual zealousness in doing so that will rival the devotion of Enoch, of Elijah, of Moses, of King David, of Daniel, of Job, and of the apostles Peter, James, and John.
Father, throughout Your word, Your scriptures, Your Holy Bible, You continually admonish me to seek and search for You and for Your Kingdom. It would seem that perhaps my foremost duty in this physical existence is to seek You or to love You with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, and all my mind. It seems that this seeking for You and this love for You must form an inextricable harmony. Please bless me in properly governing my physical being to move in the correct direction of that harmony. Father, please bless me with a good knowledge of my own heart, and of my own soul, and of my own mind. Bless me then in using that knowledge to seek you and to love you in a saintly manner.
Father, I know from the writings of Paul that love is defined as patience and kindness, and that love is never jealous or boastful or arrogant or rude. I know that love is not irritable or resentful; that it rejoices in truth and not evil; and that it endures all things and that it never ends. Father, though I can readily see the goodness which a righteous and Godly love exhibits, and though I can readily recognize that these are qualities which we should all possess, unfortunately, I also recognize that I fall terribly short of truly claiming this love as a part of my being. Father, I plead that you will use your boundless mercy to forgive my shortcomings where love is concerned, and I also earnestly pray that you will lead and guide me into developing a Godly patience and kindness, that you will remove my tendencies toward arrogance and irritability, and that you will provide me the necessary spiritual tools to endure all things such that my love will never fail. I know that this goal for me is vastly removed from my present abilities. I know that only you can bring me to the goal of a perfect love as described by Paul. Father, please guide me, direct me, and lead me toward that love.
After setting me onto the right course, Father, then please bless me in using these Christian tools to seek you as you would have a son seek you. Please don’t allow me to fail, Father.
Father, after teaching me to properly seek and love you, please bless me in being an example to all with whom I have contact, but in particular those whom I love dearly. Bless my attempts to be an example to my wife and to my four children, who are truly your children, but whom you have for a short time put under my responsibility. Please bless me and please do not allow me to fail in that responsibility with your children.
God in Heaven, with my limited awareness, I see my true duties in this life as few: Love you. Seek you. Love my neighbor. And be an example and guide for my children. Please do not allow me to fail.
Thank you for hearing my plea.
The Ten Commandments are found twice in scripture.
They are in Exodus 20:3-17, and in Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I YaHWeH your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
You shall not take the name of YaHWeH your God in vain; for YaHWeH will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of YaHWeH your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your gates: For in six days YaHWeH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YaHWeH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which YaHWeH your God gives thee.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbor’s.
In the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 12, verses 29 thru 31, Yeshua (Jesus) summed up the “law” and the commandments with two commandments. They are:
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Deuteronomy 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
1 Chronicles 28:8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.
1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.
2 Chronicles 12:14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
2 Chronicles 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
2 Chronicles 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
2 Chronicles 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
2 Chronicles 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
2 Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
Ezra 4:2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
Ezra 8:22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
Job 5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.
Psalms 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psalms 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
Psalms 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Psalms 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psalms 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Psalms 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
Psalms 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Psalms 63:1 <<A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.>> O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
Psalms 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
Psalms 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
Psalms 83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
Psalms 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalms 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Psalms 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Psalms 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.
Isaiah 9:13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
Daniel 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Amos 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live.
Amos 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
Amos 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD (YHWH)is his name:
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
Zechariah 8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
Zechariah 8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Don’t Worry. Be Happy!