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Determined to Know Him

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We are often apathetic about seeking God because we are passionate about seeking other things.

The 1992 Summer Olympics featured two tremendously poignant moments. American sprinter Gail Devers, the clear leader in the 100 meter hurdles, tripped over the last barrier. She agonizingly pulled herself to her knees and crawled the last five meters, finishing fifth—but finishing.

Even more heart-rending was the 400 meter semifinal in which British runner Derek Redmond tore a hamstring and fell to the track. He struggled to his feet and began to hobble, determined to complete the race. His father ran from the stands to help him off the track, but the athlete refused to quit. He leaned on his father, and the two limped to the finish line, greeted by deafening applause. 

Determination is a powerful desire in the human body. It has been said that when a person is wholly determined, nothing can stand in their way. Whether it’s the determination of an athlete, an executive, or a mother of four, those who are determined most often succeed.

The principle of determination can also be applied to our lives as Christians. If we determine to know God more, we will be motivated to spend time with Him and seek to know Him. Rather than taking a seat on the sidelines of their Christian life, we must actively pursue God.

God promises in 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.” While other religions encourage complete devotion and blind following, God promises that as we seek Him, we will find Him!

Have you ever had activities, hobbies, or other things in your life that prevented you from actively seeking God? If we are to find God, we must seek Him with determination. The most common reason we are apathetic about seeking God is that we are passionate about seeking other things. The devil is very subtle in trying to keep us from seeking God. But as we determine to know Him more and set our goal on seeking Him, God will reveal Himself to us!

What is keeping you from knowing God more? Is something in your life stealing your determination from seeking God? As God says in Hebrew 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Lay aside whatever keeps you from seeking God and determine to know Him more by spending time with Him.

Source: Daily in the Word, August 26, 2008

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