Proverbs 11:27 “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”
Amos 5:14 Tells us to “seek good, not evil, that you may live…” Seeking good is not only seeking good that you can obtain or get. It is seeking good that you can give; good that you can do in both good and bad circumstances and throughout your life. It’s a daily thing. We are blessed. Our “business” is to be a blessing; to bless. Jesus tells us to “seek first the Kingdom of heaven and then all the things we need (and want) will be added to us.” When we’re faithful in serving the Lord, he gives us the desires of our heart. The “Kingdom of Heaven” was embodied in Jesus Christ, who went about preaching the good news and doing good -healing, teaching, driving out demons, raising the dead, feeding the multitudes, and speaking up for those who couldn’t speak up for themselves-the woman caught in adultery, and the one who wept at his feet. In seeking good to give and do, we are walking first in faith to God’s promise to provide and protect, secondly, in gratitude and praise for the fulfillment of his promises and thirdly, in obedience to his command to love him, to love our neighbors as ourselves; to love one another as he loves us.
When we seek good, positive, opportunity, reasons to be grateful, we’re building ourselves up in spirit and also clearing the way for blessing to come. Jesus said “the eye is the lamp of the body, and if the light in us is darkness, how great is that darkness?” He was talking about our perception.
“Evil comes to him who searches for it.” Are you suspicious of everyone and their motives, or of everything? Are you a negative person? If you think you can, then you’re right. If you think you can’t, then you’re right too. What you look for is what you’ll find. If you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop, eventually, it will. Things like suspicion and negativity, pessimism, etc. constitute our searching for and/or even inviting evil. And, if you look for a way to get yourself into trouble, in word or in deed, Satan will gladly help you out-he’ll show you a way. Of course, he gets blamed for a lot of stuff we do on our own, with no help from him. Pessimistic, negative, defeatist attitudes and mindsets, doubts, etc. -most if not all of these are based in fear; of rejection, betrayal, disappointment, failure-fear of feeling pain or discomfort.
Jesus said we’re not to worry but we are to “take courage.” We do that by refuting those oppressive thoughts and seeking God’s Word and building ourselves up in His truth. I thought of the scripture that says “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.” That applies to lust; but if you think about the eye being the lamp of the body, and in terms of perception-negative and positive, negative words and attitudes are sinful. They cause us to be depressed, oppressed and oppressive, so every one of them that springs up in us does need to be plucked out and replaced with good and positive words and attitudes.