In Amos 5:4, God says, "Seek me and live." It was a reminder to people who were trying to go back to places of blessing...places where God had once blessed them. It is a reminder that it is the Lord himself and not the places of blessing the children of God are to seek.
How often do I think, "If I could just go back to one place where I had once known such a connection to God!" If I could just go back to Anderson, IN or Meridian, MS. If I could just go back to such and such a place, I would be connected to God's heart again.
God says, "Do not go back to Bethel, Gilgal, or Beersheba." Do not go back to Anderson, Meridian, or Santa Cruz.
God says, "SEEK ME AND LIVE."
It takes intentional hearts to learn and remember my goal is God himself, not joy, nor peace, nor even blessings, but only my God himself.