The Bible states, God speaking, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14 The Message version).
Paul, as he was speaking to those in Athens willing to hear about “the unknown god” says, “…so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find Him, He doesn’t play hide and seek with us. He’s not remote, He’s near” (Acts 17:27 The Message version).
Do we do this? Do we make time to do this? Are we taking the time, making the time, to seek Him? It seems we are always busy – going somewhere, doing something, meeting a friend for coffee, watching the final show in a series we have faithfully watched for the whole season. There is always something yelling for attention. In my life right now it is the work needed in the yards – flower and vegetable gardens. In my study it is preparation for two Canadian trips and an upcoming trip into Kazakhstan. There is always something to focus on; something that absorbs any time we might have away from our job and the basic necessities of life. And so even when we have time we are too tired or too distracted to invest ourselves in seeking Him.
Maybe that is why God told us we needed to seek. The word “seek” involves making the time and investing the effort to actually connect with the living God. He has already made the way through the death of His Son on the cross and His resurrection on the first Easter Sunday from the dead. When we were born again He gave to us the supernatural ability to relate to Him (see Romans 6:23b and John 17:3). All that is needed is for us to want this relationship with God more than we want all the other things that scream for our time and attention. In other words, to make our relationship with God a top priority in our life.
So, as the spring turns into summer – what are your plans for reserving more time to “seek after God?” Gardens, bar-b-ques, family gatherings, friends in the backyard for a chat around a fire on a cool spring night, time at the lake, time to fish, gardens needing weeding … but, in the midst of all these good things, where are you going to find time to “seek after God” and do so with your whole heart?
Remember, God Himself said, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”