I like the being found part of the Gospel. I like the part where God sent His Son in to the world to seek and to find that which was lost. I was lost. For sure. He found me. And without having to lift a finger, God made a way. Before I was seeking for Him, He was all about finding me. And so He found me. Redeemed me. And we both lived happilty ever after. True.
The End. Well... sorta. It's the end of the story when it comes to the beginning of my eternity.
But.. well.. uhhh...
There's something else the Bible speaks of. There's something God is wanting after He finds me. He wants me to seek Him. What? I'm found. His Spirit has taken up residence in my very temple.
This is one of the mysteries of God: Although He has found us, He wants us to seek Him. Jesus was not shy about informing anyone who would listen that He was the only way to be reconciled to God. Furthermore, He gave an indication that the way AWAY from Him was broad... open.... widely traveled... but the way of following Him is NARROW and FEW will FIND IT. (Matthew 7)
In the verse listed at the top of this blog.. God is reminding us of something WONDERFUL. Something beyond AMAZING. He is assuring us that He can be found. God.. who created all we see and all we cannot see.. is willing to be found by mere earthlings. How is He found? Who will find Him? Seekers. `
Recently, my twelve-year-old grandson Michael has taken the time to ask me a question every time we are together. He says, "So, Mema, how was your day? Did you have a good day?" He melts my heart every time he asks. And then he waits for me to answer him. I cannot tell you how loved that makes me feel. Michael, you want to know about ME?
My mother passed away four months ago. She was a great intercessor for the movie War Room. She loved Stephen Kendrick,who refers to her as "the real Miss Clara." (If you've seen the movie you understand what that means.) And while she received many miraculous answers to prayer, her main reason for having her own "war room" can be found in the verse in Hebrews 11:6, "Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists, and that he rewards those who diligently seek Him." Fighting our battles in prayer is the only way to win the battles that come our way. But.. my mom's primary purpose for prayer was to simply know God more. Know Him deeper. Hear Him more clearly. We seek Him to know Him. Right? Right.
Seeker. That's what He wants me to be. A seeker. Of Him.
And then He rewards me. With Him.
And all the other stuff - blessings, rewards, direction, prosperity, courage, faith, hope, love, kindness, endurance. wisdom, understanding, power, righteousness - come because He loves me.
When I ask my heavenly Father to REVEAL HIMSELF to me, I wonder if He feels the same way I do when my grandson asks me about me.
I pray to be a Seeker seeking the One who has found me.
"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you, says the Lord."