in Seeking God
Walter H. Beuttler
The objective reason for seeking God is that we were created
to do so. We were not created for ourselves, but for His glory.
God, as creator, is fully entitled to derive pleasure and
satisfaction from His creatures. His greatest happiness comes
from our expression of delight in Him. Because there is joy
in the presence of the angels whenever one sinner repents,
it is evident that our Lord’s happiness can be increased
by men seeking after Him.
The subjective reason for seeking God is that we need Him.
We were created by Him, and without Him, man is incomplete
and entirely devoid of true happiness.
One time, we experienced an outpouring of the Spirit in the
midst of our class discussion. Nearly all the students rose
from their seats, with hands raised in worship, and joined
in a tremendous volume of praise. After this came a thrilling
utterance in prophecy, expressing the Lord’s cognizance
of our praise and His great delight in the same.
It was an electrifying message and resulted in another mighty
crescendo of worship, during which, one of the students received
the Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness,
and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
In seeking the Lord, we must not get the idea that He will
reward us for our effort, in the sense that we will be repaid
for the time and sacrifice (so called) involved. This and
similar mistakes are made frequently. The fact is that we
are not rewarded for doing any such things.
“And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending
sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field,
Come at once and sit down to eat? But will he not rather say
to him, Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself
and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you
will eat and drink?
“Does he thank that servant because he did the things
that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when
you have done all those things which you are commanded, say,
We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty
to do.” Luke 17:7-10 NKJV
There is a reward, to be sure. But the regard is not to the
seeker, that God repays him for seeking Him, or for going
to Church. This is man’s duty - “His reasonable
service.” (Romans 12:1-2). The reward of the seeker
is that by seeking the Lord, he makes it possible for the
Lord to do for him that which He could not otherwise do for
The rightly motivated seeker will not simply desire to feel
better. Rather, he will want to be better. He will not merely
seek blessing; he will seek the Blessor. Even where our motives
and objectives are faulty, the Lord attempts to meet us, and
for this reason, He will first put His finger on things that
are out of harmony with His holiness.
In this fact, we should find one of our greatest encouragements,
as it means the Lord is responding to our seeking Him; and
the sooner we respond in obedience to whatever He may require
of us, the sooner we will obtain our objective.
As we continue with His response, we shall find to our great
delight in the materialization of the glorious promise:
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search
for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the
Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13-14a. NKJV