Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT
I was recently studying some scriptures that I’ve bookmarked in the YouVersion Bible app on my phone when I came across the one above. The phrase “seek my face” caught my attention. How does one go about seeking the face of God?
Seeking the Face of God
Before you can know the how (the method), it occurred to me that you have to understand what it even means to seek the face of God.
My first answer went something like this — to seek the face of God means to know Him better.
I don’t think my initial answer is wrong, but it isn’t very specific. So, I decided to see if anyone else had a more complete explanation. That’s when I ran across this:
This is what God showed me; to seek His face is to enter into God’s heart. When God asks us to seek His face, He is making a call for us to enter into His thoughts and see what He is thinking, to see what He is doing, how he feels about something, to see the love that He has for us, to look at the pain that our sin causes Him, etc. ~ excerpt from What Does It Mean to Seek the Face of God
This certainly makes sense to me and it seems to unpack the meaning pretty well. So, how does one go about seeking the face of God?
I think first and foremost you have to slow down and listen. If seeking God’s face is knowing God’s heart, then isn’t listening the way we do this? I mean if you want to know what a person thinks and feels, don’t you find out by looking them in the face and listening to their voice and what they are saying?
I Want to See God’s Face
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8 ESV
For me, the path to seeing God’s face is spending quiet time studying and meditating on His Word. By this, I get to know God. I see His thoughts and feelings. My relationship with Him grows. This is how I seek the face of God.