“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” -1 Chronicles 28:9
David’s parting words to his son are gold. After all, these are the words of one of the few men in Biblical history known as a man after God’s heart. Since I adore a good formula, here is what I get out of this verse:
How to seek the Lord = loyal heart + willing mind
So, let’s take this apart. To be loyal is to give or show firm and constant support or allegiance to a person. As history shows us, loyalty stemming from fear or a sense of duty rarely withstands temptations and trials. True loyalty is generally born out of respect and love for someone or something. We are loyal to the people closest to us because of our history and years of friendship. Similarly, we can only be loyal to God if we know Him and recognize the depth of His love and mercy towards us.
How can you establish a loyal heart to God? First, get to know Him. Learn His character and preferences in the pages of your Bible. Ask Him questions in prayer. Test Him out on His word by applying it to your life and seeing what happens. It may take a lifetime to develop the kind of loyalty that David had, but it is so worth it to have that constant friend, counselor and Savior at your side through this life.
Second, to be willing is to be ready, eager, or prepared to do something. Essentially, this is about having an open mind that is willing to learn and obey the Lord’s instructions. It’s the same concept as having a tender heart that we studied back in 2 Kings – you’re open to correction and you’re quick to obey.
When you combine these two things, you will find the Lord. And He will guide and bless you in ways that you could never imagine, but it will bring you joy, peace, and most importantly, eternal life.