Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 17, 2016
This is what the LORD says to Israel: “Seek me and live. . .” Amos 5:4
Did you play hide ‘n seek growing up? Perhaps like me you hid in a hallway closet hoping like mad that no one would find you. In Jeremiah 29:13 there is good news. God doesn’t hide where He can’t be found, but invites us to look for Him and find Him when He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” In the Hebrew, the word “seek” specifically involves seeking God through prayer and worship. I love this because contrary to what some people say, God isn’t found by following a long list of legalistic rules and religious regulations. Instead, He’s found in sincerity of heart by focusing on nurturing your relationship with Him.
There are few guarantees in life but this Scripture provides one: When you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him. There’s no wondering if you’ll find Him, doubting if you’ll be able to make your way to Him, or if you will be allowed to find Him. There’s no question. He will show Himself to you when you genuinely search for Him through prayer and worship.
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
In The Case for Faith, journalist Lee Strobel interviews Peter Kreeft, a world-class philosopher, who makes the following statement: “The Bible says, ‘Seek and you shall find.’ It doesn’t say that everybody will find him; it doesn’t say nobody will find him. Some will find him. Who? Those who seek.”
When I reflect on my history with Christ and all the times I’ve sat quietly seeking Him and studying His Word, He has always come to meet me. In my early days of knowing Him, I thought that my quiet times with Him had to include moving emotion for me to believe He was there. I have since learned that He is always with me, even if I don’t sense His presence. But there have been those remarkable times when I have felt overwhelming emotion during our moments together. And in those moments, it’s like finding one of my childhood friends in a hall closet, who jumped out with a shout of joy, “You found me!” I can only imagine that because God invites us to seek Him and find Him through prayer and worship, that He is thrilled when we do.
PrayerLord, thank you so much that you have called me into relationship with you through your Son. Thank you that when I seek you, I will find you. You are not hiding from me where you can’t be found. Amen.
ApplicationTalk with the Lord today and thank Him that He has revealed Himself to you through prayer and His Word.
Related ReadingMatthew 7:7; Isaiah 45:19; Deuteronomy 4:29
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