“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6
I was studying at my desk when my husband began searching for something. He looked through cabinets and drawers. He even cleaned out his van trying to find an important tool. As he came back into the house I asked “Did you find it?” “Nope.” He said, followed quickly by “Yep.” The tool he was looking for was sitting on his dresser all along.
It occurred to me that we live in a world that is searching. People are searching for meaning, searching for hope, searching for peace, searching for truth, and searching for love. Just as my husband spent more than an hour looking for a tool that was in plain sight – all the world’s frantic searching can be resolved by looking to God.
God has been speaking to me lately about what I am looking for-and where I am looking.
In Psalm 27:8 we read, “You have said to my heart, ‘Seek My face.’ Your face Lord I will seek.” The prophet Jeremiah records my life-verse, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) While we are running here and there searching for all that makes life worthwhile, God has issued us a beautiful invitation. “Seek Me. I will make Myself available to you.” He promises in Isaiah 45:19 that He is not calling us to seek Him in vain-Jeremiah 29:14 says: “I will be found by you.”
Psalm 34:10 promises, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” God honors those who seek Him. This is not a casual glance in God’s direction, nor is it only done on Sunday mornings. Seeking God is a life-long, daily, determined pursuit. It is making time every day for Bible study, prayer and meditating on Him, His character and His Word. It is allowing nothing to distract us or disrupt our heart’s mission – to know God.
What will we gain when we seek God? So much more than you could ever image.
In our society, the pursuit of “success” consumes so many people. 2 Chronicles 26 tells of Uzziah, king of Judah. Under the ministry of Zechariah, verse 5 says, “As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” Seek God and look for Him to bless your efforts.
Are you searching for release from fear? David said in Psalm 34:4, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” The one who seeks God is delivered from fear and anxiety.
Psalm 70:4 says, “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.” Those who seek the Lord will find joy and gladness. Even in the most trying circumstances, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
Perhaps today, you are searching for rest – you are weary and worn out. The struggles of life have taken their toll on you. 2 Chronicles 14:7 is your promise today – “We have sought the Lord our God; and He has given us rest.” Rest comes in the presence of God. Psalm 23:1 & 2 tell us “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” The weary are refreshed with His living water (John 4:14).
Here is one more beautiful truth about this subject of seeking and I hope it blesses your heart like it blessed mine. God sought you out. God pursued you. Jesus declared in John 19:10 – “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Imagine that with me – God; the God of heaven, the Creator of all things, the great and holy I AM, sought you and me to be His own. Before He called you to seek Him, He had been on a search for you.
Maybe you have wandered from God, and are lost in a wilderness of your own choices. I’ve been there, and it is a scary place to be. Jesus promises that, as the Good Shepherd, He will go on a “search and rescue” mission to find you and bring you back. John 15:4-7 tells the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus said, “Does [the shepherd] not…go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home” (vs. 4,5). My friend, Jesus is not angry with you for wandering off – in His great love, he is seeking you to restore you and bring you back to Himself. See how he promises to joyfully carry you home on His shoulders? Don’t try to run and hide from Him any longer. Seek Him. Pursue Him. He will find you, and He will rejoice with you all the way home.
What are you looking for today? Peace? Joy? Rest? Where are you searching? In busyness, in addiction, a computer screen, or money? It’s not there. Your search is only fulfilled when you find Jesus Christ. He has made Himself available to you – seek Him and know what life can be when your frantic search is over.
Holy Father, You have promised that I will find You when I seek You with all my heart. And You have promised to search for me when I lose my way, and bring me back home. Lord, I will seek You – and You will find me. Amen