45 Encouraging Bible Verses About Seeking God

​In this article there are many Bible verses about seeking God. Seeking God is the same as pursuing God. He is the source of everything we need- salvation first and foremost. Everything else we need and desire is in addition to deliverance through Christ. Seeking God produces guidance, peace, strength, wisdom, empowering, filling and so much more. Scripture gives us solid information about what it means to seek God, ways we can pursue Him and benefits of living out our purpose before the Most High God. As you meditate on the passages that speak of seeking God, ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit to guide you in how to apply these Truths. Let’s dive in…

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What does it mean to “seek” God?

This is a great question- in the Blue Letter Bible the Hebrew word for seek is translated as searching out by any method (specifically in worship or prayer). Other words used to describe seek include: desire, request, demand or to secure. As I reviewed the Biblical translation, the definitions and synonyms implied a desperation or deep need. God is our deepest need. Apart from Him we are nothing, we can do nothing and there is nothing. We are created to be in relationship with our Creator and Heavenly Father. Seeking God refers to actively searching for a deeper connection, understanding and is ultimately part of God’s will for His children. Additionally, seeking God is a journey- a life long pursuit until we are in the kingdom of heaven. It is not a destination we will arrive at this side of heaven.

What does the bible say about seeking god?

Below is a list of Bible verses about seeking God that give great insight into the position of our hearts as we seek God, the ways we seek God and the benefits of seeking God. As I reflected on these Scriptures, a humble heart seeks God. A prideful heart does not desire to pursue God, rather a prideful heart seeks self and the things that are not of God. Anyone who is not in Christ Jesus will not even have the desire to seek God. Jesus is the Way to God and His Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to pursue the face of God. 

Some of the Ways We Can Seek God

Prayer is a powerful way to stand in the presence of God. It is how we communicate and be in relationship with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is is how we express adoration for God or gratitude for the ways He is working. We can make requests, share concerns and ask for forgiveness. Reading and studying the Holy Bible another way we can seek God.

As we study the Scriptures, reflect and apply Truth to our lives, we are seeking God. This helps us better understand God’s character and His will for us as individuals and all of humanity. Seeking God can be done through worship and community with other believers. Additionally, seeking wise counsel, receiving teaching and guidance is pursuit of God. Mirroring the life of Christ Jesus through service, loving others and selflessness are ways we seek God. Spiritual disciplines such as meditating on God, His Word and fasting is pursuit of God. I wonder what you add to the list- leave your answer in the comments.

Benefits of Seeking God

Mankind is made by God, to be in relationship with God. When we come to God through Christ, the door is opened to be in relationship with God and to seek Him. It quite literally means we are living out the purpose for which we are made. Consequently, nothing is more fulfilling than that! When we seek God through prayer, the Word of God and other spiritual disciplines we get wisdom and God’s guidance for navigating life in a fallen world and during difficult times.

There is nothing greater than the counsel of the Lord. The Bible verses about seeking God reveal that when we seek God- He is found, He is our strength. He is the source of our peace and joy in this sin torn world. Seeking Him in His Word gives us guidance on how to interact with the world and relationships around us. The will of God is revealed in the Scriptures as well. Sanctification is the process of spiritual growth and transforms us into His image. We are invited to actively participate in that process. Jesus is the anchor for our hope. The benefits of seeking God cannot possibly be encapsulated in an article- the benefits are innummerable. What would you add? Leave your answer in the comments!

What does God say about those who seek him?

First of all, the Bible verses about seeking God reveal He is found by seekers! God desires and longs to be in relationship with His creation. The love of God is demonstrated through the work of Christ on the cross. The Scriptures also reveal that God blesses those who seek Him through reward, satisfaction and lacking no good thing (see references below). Seeking God provides us with strength, joy and hope. Standing in God’s presence in prayer not only demonstrates our faith, but it also strengthens our faith as we practice pursuit and dependence on the only true God. God’s Word is a lamp to our feel and a light to our path- it is wise to seek Him in His Word. Our Father also seeks the seekers- I love that image of the Most High God looking for the seekers!

Bible Verses About Seeking God

1. God is Found by Seekers

Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Proverbs 8:17 – “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”

Acts 17:27 – “That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.”

Isaiah 55:6 – “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.”

Deuteronomy 4:29 – “But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

2. God Strengthens Seekers

Psalm 105:4 – “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

2 Chronicles 16:9a – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. 

3. God Blesses Seekers

Psalm 37:4-5 – “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Psalm 119:2 – “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.”

1 Chronicles 28:8 – Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever.

Psalm 34:10 – “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Psalm 27:4 – “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

4. Humble Hearts Seek God

Zephaniah 2:3 – “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Psalm 69:32 – When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

Zephaniah 3:12 – But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,

5. Seek the Lord in Prayer

Matthew 6:6 – “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Hebrews 10:22 – “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

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6. Seeking God Leads to Rejoicing

1 Chronicles 16:10-11 – “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Psalm 105:3 – “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!”

Psalm 70:4 – “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!'”

Psalm 9:1 – “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

Psalm 22:26 – The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!

Psalm 40:16 – But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”

7. Seeking Demonstrates Dependence

Psalm 9:10 – “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 63:1 – “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

8. Seeking God Leads to Knowledge of God

Proverbs 2:4-5 – “If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”

Psalm 25:4-5 – “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 119:45 – “And I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.”

9. Seek the Kingdom of God

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Colossians 3:1 – “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

10. God Does Not Forsake Seekers

Psalm 9:10 – “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 141:8 – “But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!”

11. God Seeks the Seekers

Psalm 53:2 – “God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.”

Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

12. Seeking Hearts Pursue the Righteousness of God

Psalm 119:10 – “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!”

Proverbs 28:5 – “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.”

Isaiah 51:1a – “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD:”

Hosea 10:12 – “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”

1 Chronicles 22:19 – “Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the LORD.”

Wrapping Up Bible Verses About Seeking God

As I collected the Bible verses about seeking God, I was most struck by the fact that it is humble hearts that seek God. Seeking God produces incredible and abundant blessing. That abundant blessing starts with a heart of humility. Additionally, God will never forsake the seeker. Rather, He looks for seekers, blesses, strengthens and transforms those who seek Him. Our Heavenly Father also makes Himself known and findable through prayer, His Word and other spiritual disciplines. How will you seek God in light of these passages of Scripture?

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  1. Frances on February 11, 2024 at 11:02 am

    Beautifully communicated about SEEKING God. Thank you so much. I am in it for the long haul. I have taken the seed, planted it, watered it, and it has roots. I bear fruit. Sadly, not as much as I should have by now. I do know that God is not doing bad things to people and we cannot blame HIM. We must take our responsibility as HE is a good and loving GOD. Thank YOU

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