If there’s one thing scripture tells us to do, it is this: Seek God! In Deuteronomy we read, “You shall seek the Lord, your God; and you shall indeed find him” (Deut. 4:29). Similarly, the psalms talk about seeking. “One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Ps. 27:4). The prophets too tell us to seek: “Seek the Lord while he may be found” (Is. 55:6).
A good question to ask ourselves on a regular basis is this: are we seekers of God? If so, where do we seek God? If we seek God in silence and solitude, do we also seek God in noise and crowds? If we seek God in Church, do we also seek God in our home, at work, in the grocery store, while driving on the highway? If we seek God in prayer, do we also seek God in service.
Do we seek God by seeking to change unjust structures and institutions? If so, that is praiseworthy—as long as we are simultaneously trying to change ourselves. We can begin this change with small steps. By being more patient with our spouse, children, grandchildren. By refusing to spread gossip at work. By driving less frantically. By reflecting honestly on our daily behavior and choices. By speaking with individuals whose political or religious views are different from our own. By regularly appraising our level of selflessness.
Jesus told us to seek. “Seek and you shall find” (Mt. 7:7). And, “Seek first the Kingdom of God” (Lk. 12:31). Jesus also told many parables about seeking. He told stories about people seeking valuable pearls, lost coins, wayward sheep, a net full of fish, and a father’s forgiveness. In most of these parables, Jesus portrays God as the Great Seeker. In other words, Jesus is saying that God seeks us more than we seek God! In that great truth lies our hope and salvation!
Are you seeking God? If so, where and how?
Have you ever experienced God seeking you? What was that experience like for you?
Have you ever found God where you didn’t expect to find God?
Our song is “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” which many of you probably know. This beautiful version is sung a cappella.
PS: Happy Independence Day to all my American readers for the 4th of July!
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