Psalm 105:4-6 Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
A couple of years ago, my husband bought a camera for me for Mother’s Day. It isn’t a professional camera, but it is definitely the best one that I have ever owned. It has an excellent zoom lens, and that lens has allowed me to zoom in on things that are at a great distance and draw them in so that I can see even the minutest detail. I was able to give my new camera a work out a couple of months after receiving it when we vacationed in Costa Rica. It enabled me to see beautiful flora and fauna and many beautiful creatures. Even though I am far from being a professional photographer, that camera makes me look pretty good. I’ve spent hours outside at night trying to get a great shot of the moon and Jupiter and Saturn. I have searched the night sky trying to find the perfect shot. As soon as I get a glimpse of the moon in my camera, I zoom in and bring the moon up close and personal. I can even see the craters of the moon. The moon is 238,900 miles from earth, but I can seek it out and find it, and I can photograph it in detail. It is quite amazing. It makes me feel so close and yet so small.
It is humbling to realize that God sees us up close and personal. He zooms in on us and is aware of every single detail that is going on in our lives. His zoom lens is oh so much better than mine! He sees all of those happy moments, the sad ones, the fun moments, and the aggravating ones. He sees us. He knows us. He wants to be up close and personally involved in every aspect of our lives. He seeks us out, but are we seeking God? Scripture tells us that we are to seek the Lord continually, but many of us struggle with this command. We are so busy with the multitude of daily tasks that we feel the need to accomplish. Our own interests and duties consume our lives, and our priorities get out of whack.
The psalmist reminds us here that we are to search for the Lord and seek him, but how do we do this with all of the busyness we have to deal with on a daily basis? Scripture and prayer are always good places to start. How better can we seek the Lord than through His word and through conversation with Him? I’ve prayed for God to give me a craving for His Word, and He gave me a hunger that can’t be satiated. The more I seek His word, the more hungry I become for it, but on the other hand, the less I seek His word, I find that my appetite diminishes. If we want to seek the Lord, we have to hunger for Him!
The problem we have in this society is that we aren’t hungry. We are all fat and happy, and we aren’t craving the Lord. We live in a fast food society, and we expect for our relationship with Christ to be served up in the same manner. We go to church, but we glance at the time while we think of what we have to do next. We drive the short distance to church in a comfortable car. We sit on comfortable pews in air conditioned and heated buildings, and we complain if it is too hot or too cold. We take a minute here or a minute there to read scripture, but we aren’t really studying or getting anything out of it. We pray before meals and when we find ourselves in a bind. Many times we may even take our salvation for granted. We keep it in our wallets like a “get out of hell free” card. We aren’t seeking God. We aren’t hungry for Him.
God deserves better than this, my friends. He deserves our full, focused attention. We should be seeking Him with a giant zoom lens, and looking for Him in everything. We should be seeking His will in our lives, and we should be spending time with Him on a regular basis. It seems that this world is falling apart. The chaos is too much to handle. We are sinking in a bed of quicksand, and we can’t find our way out. There is a better way, y’all. We don’t have to live life on the sidelines. We should be living life to the fullest, but the only way that we can truly live life abundantly is through a close, personal relationship with God.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4) Consider the awesomeness of our Lord and Savior. Consider His wonderful creations, and realize that you are one of His miracles. He created you to glorify Him. We can’t glorify Him if we aren’t seeking Him. But if we seek Him–we will surely find Him! But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Zoom in on the Lord today. Start searching. Begin seeking. He is there…waiting…patiently. Seek the Lord today, and I guarantee you that you will find Him!