I once lost my daughter. It was the most terrifying three minutes of my life. We were at a fundraising walk in the heart of the city. I turned away long enough for my daughter to follow the sea of people away from me. Gripped with fear I had only one goal- to find my girl. I did, and all was right after that, but in the midst of the seeking I felt crippled. That’s what happens when we lose sight Him, when we let go of His hand or turn our heads toward distractions. We are crippled.
God wants to be known. He wants your heart and soul, not a half-hearted search, but a hunger to know Him. A thirst only satisfied in the seeking. Jesus said in John 4:14, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” This is what we seek; this is what we thirst for.
Three men bearing gifts, hungry to know truth. Faith led them to the baby swaddled in a manger. The one who would bear our sin. They sought Him. They had no map, simply a star to guide their path and yet they found Him. They found Him in their seeking. Faith was their navigator and obedience their compass.
What is your compass? How do we find direction in our seeking? There are many passages to light our path to freedom. The truth of the word is a mighty guide. Hebrews 11:6 calls us to SINCERELY seek our Father. Proverbs 8:17 calls for a seeking rooted in LOVE. 1 Chronicles 16:11 implores us to CONTINUALLY and JUBILANTLY seek Him. In Matthew 6:33, we are reminded to seek Him FIRST.
Finally, in Deuteronomy 4:29 we are assured, “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.” He is found in our seeking. Like the wise men, our quest for our savior is met when we sincerely seek Him first with a steadfast faith and a loving heart. He is waiting for our invitation.
The book of Jeremiah holds many promises, but my favorite is found in chapter 29.
“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.”
His promises are true, search for them- Seek Him. He’s there for you to find.