Do Men Seek After God? What Does the Bible Say? (Part Three: Some Observations)

First, a qiuick hit on the necessity of reading from the beginning of part one. Some of the things I want to write about can become quite lengthy. I’m trying to keep up a blog, not write a book, so I understand the need to keep it relatively short. In order to get the full message in any of my mulit-part posts, please read from the beginning. If you wish, when the concluding post is up, maybe go back and read them all together. Thanks for checking out my blog.

This topic has come up in various ways in various places and since I’ve devoted quite a bit of study to it, I thought I’d like to write about it. In my first two posts I wrote about the initial question and arguement and some examples. I do have some observations I’d like to share. I would have to say that some of these are more general in nature and not necessarily specific to this particular topic.

None of us is perfect or has perfect understanding. However, that’s not an excuse for diligent study, either. Even if we approach a theological question with some presuppositions, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are right or wrong. A couple things that I have learned over the years is that God and his word are right. My presuppositions may get me into some trouble. I understand that there are things that I can be taught from God’s word. Maybe it’s just something I haven’t noticed or understood yet. In spite of everything I’ve learned, I must remain teachable. The bottom line is found in Acts 17:10-11 and 2 Timothy 2:15 & 3:16-17. My responsibility is to study God’s word regularly and filter everything, especially teaching through that lens¬†(thanks Tim, Kenny and Joe).

If I approach this question with a predetermined bent on my theology, I’m fitting scripture into my box. If I do my very best to study, be led of the Holy Spirit and view a passage within its immediate context as well as the entire biblical context, I’ll be more likely to get it right. (That’s difficult if you don’t read the whole book, by the way.) Let scripture say what it will say. That’s where I rest.

My last post looked at some specific examples. These passages of scripture are clear to me. Throughout the Bible, many, many examples have been listed where men (and women, of course) have sought after God in one way or another. Unfortunately, many of these examples have occurred when there was a trial to be endured. Once the difficulty was over, God was forgotten. It hasn’t changed at all today.

Psalm 14, referenced by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3 could easily be called the Atheist’s Psalm. Many times and in many ways, the idea is put forth in scripture that fools do not seek after God. (Consider where this is inferred in Jesus parable of the “Rich Fool” in Luke 12:16-21.) To the contrary, wise men do seek after God and they have since the beginning.

I’m honestly not sure what more I could say about the necessity of simply searching, reading, studying and believing God’s word on this or any other topic or question. To rest upon certain portions of scripture while disregarding other passages is not only wrong, it is dangerous. Even where God’s word is clear, there may be contentions. I’ll not speculate on anyone’s motive for perverting the clear teaching of scripture. (Indeed, someone may claim the same about me. I would, and have made the request to open the Bible together to discuss the differences, but more often than not I’m offered a book or such that “more clearly discusses” the differences.)

The scripture references I listed in part two are some of the strongest arguements that men do seek God. I don’t think anything I can say would clarify this more. For the final post on this, I’ll list my study notes, which is mostly just a list of supporting scripture along with a few brief notes included.

Thanks for reading!

About Joe Matthews

Born & raised in southwest Wisconsin. Lived and traveled a bit. Some military related, some not. Happily married to sweet Julie (Peckham) and blessed by the Lord with seven beautiful children. I love the Lord with all my heart and want to serve Him in whatever capacity He chooses to use me. Though it's taken a lot of years for the Lord to prepare and train me, He opened the door to full-time (bi-vocational) ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. I'm excited for more opportunities to serve the Lord and excited to see where and how He will continue to use me.

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