The issue of “self” is a hindrance when it comes to relating to the Father. The serpent’s deception in the Garden of Eden was to trick Adam and Eve into trying to function by self-effort alone, thus separating them from their source of life—God. There is one “self,” however, that is vital to our being, and that is self-control. To seek the Father is to exercise self-control by relinquishing our self-reliance and moving toward Him in humble recognition that apart from Him we can find no true and lasting satisfaction or peace. Such a capacity is beyond ourselves alone.
Seeking the Father means diligently inquiring of Him who is TRUTH and who knows ALL things. Many people go through life rationalizing and making excuses that it’s impossible to worship, pray, and talk to a God whom they can’t see. While it is true that we cannot see the Spirit of God with our natural eye, we can learn to open our spiritual eyes with the Father’s help so that we can “see” Him through faith. The Father is ever merciful, forever kind, full of goodness, and He deeply desires a relationship with us. To seek the LORD while He may be found means gravitating to a place of humility, knowing we are “poor in spirit” and how desperately we need Him. Apart from God, life quickly descends into chaos and despair, becoming demeaning and devoid of purpose!
To call on the Father while He is near is to acknowledge that He is not far away in the sky somewhere, but in close in proximity to us. Many people search diligently and desperately for Him, not realizing that the Father is not playing hide and seek with us, but wants us to find Him and know Him and love Him. When we call to Him—that is, talk to Him, worship Him, and incline our hearts toward Him—He responds. We don’t have to yell or take any desperate measures in order to know that the Father is close to us. I love the story of Elijah on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18). This is indeed a picture of how people who don’t know the Father try to access Him. The priests and false prophets of Baal carried on for hours, calling to their god with no response. Elijah even sarcastically spurred them to continue. But their tenaciousness was to no avail; Baal did not respond. They even cut themselves to demonstrate their zeal and fervor…but still nothing. All they did was bleed. When it was Elijah’s turn, all he had to do was call out to God and in a split second everyone on that mountaintop witnessed a fear-inspiring demonstration of the awesome power of the Lord. The Father will never leave us or forsake us! On the contrary; He is for us!