“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Jeremiah 29:13 New Living Translation
“I really wanted you to wear your new grey shirt,” my wife says as I walk out of the bedroom. “It’s hanging in the closet.”
“I couldn’t find it,” I respond with sincerity.
She walks into the closet, and even with the light off, exits in less than five seconds with the shirt. Obviously I sort of looked, but not wholeheartedly.
There are many today who say they would sincerely like to find God … “I’d really like to believe … I’m searching … I’ve done a little Google searching and so far haven’t come up with anything concrete!”
The problem is, they need to add ‘wholeheartedness’ to their apparent sincerity. As soon as we drop our preconceptions, swallow our pride and put away all excuses, we find God closer than the end of our arms! His heart is glad when we find Him … sad when our search is made haphazardly.
God’s not in the deep end with us playing Marco Polo.
Listen to Him addressing this issue with Israel: “I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found.” Isaiah 45:19 New Living Translation
* Those wishing to find direction from Him must let go of their ‘destination of choice’ and honestly seek his.
* Those seeking peace and satisfaction must loosen their grip on artificial stimulants that don’t bring what they’re looking for and reach for the real.
* Those searching for truth must quit looking for it among lies and disinformation.
* Those wanting real life must quit searching for it among the dead.
Everything God has for us is available if we pursue Him with abandonment and anticipation. This week don’t blame God for playing ‘hard to get.’ You may just be looking for Him in the wrong places!
“Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable,
with plenty of time and space for living 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