Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
If we actually got what it is we pray for – what would we receive?
If what we have been searching for; running after… spending the majority of our time seeking – what would we have to show for it?
To recognize the true need in our life, is to see with God’s eyes – not mine. He sees far more, far deeper and much further down the road than I could on my own. Living for the eternal and not the immediate. Giving to and for others and not selfishly trying to take, take, take…
Social media has given us the ability to live out every emotion, every thought, every minute detail of our life in front of anyone who will follow us. A simple “like” or the lack thereof will either lift one’s spirit or destroy their day. There are enough people out there to empathize electronically; to cast in with you against others. But the shallowness of that type of living has no merit. It isn’t real.
Today, you and I will meet anywhere from 10-100 people today. We will interact with everyone from a cashier to a coworker; friend, family and foe. The more ‘chronologically gifted’ I become, the more I realize that each touch I have with those around me matter. It hurts to hear that one has been neglected. It hurts to hear one who has just heard about the loss of someone dear to them. It hurts to see someone ruining their life with drugs, alcohol, pills, overeating, anger; putting themselves in bondage when they could truly be free.
You and I have a direction we will travel today. If you arrived today, what would be your destination? Are you living for Heaven and it’s rewards, or are you gathering everything you can grab down here? Solomon, the wisest man ever to live sought out every aspect of life to find its virtue or vice. He started his search and found:
Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”
Midway through he found this:
Ecclesiastes 2:17 “Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
And at the last:
Ecclesiastes 12:8 “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
Solomon was probably the only one best equipped to search as he did. I would’ve gotten lost in the pleasurable, or the wealth or the power of life. Even so, he was finally overcome by the multitude of women who did not follow the God of Heaven, but after the gods of this world and they turned his heart.
Simple faith. Trusting God to do what He said He will do. Seeking to grow my relationship with Him above every other relationship. Not to the detriment of all others, but giving it the preeminence; the prominence it deserves. We need to begin our day seeking Him.
Psalm 63:1 “A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
Take some time to reflect on your priorities today. Is God in any of them, some of them or all of them? Is He the One we run to for counsel; for comfort, for cleansing? Have we taken the time to properly thank Him for all He has done for us? To acknowledge His hand in every aspect of our life? To seek to draw closer to Him and His presence?
We have His promise…
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
All we need to do is take the first step and continue in that direction till we reach what it is we are truly seeking – the presence of God.