Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 30, 2020
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
I am the parent of three young children. My wife and I seem to daily comment on how quickly they are growing up, rapidly approaching adolescence, with all the joys and challenges that season is sure to bring. And yet, we aren’t there yet. They are still young and innocent, and so we play simple, childlike games in our home.
For example, my kids love a good game of Hide and Seek. Given the fact that I am 6’5” and we have a very small home in the city, my participation in this game is always challenging! There are only two or three places I can go to hide, and my children know right where to look. I’m hidden, but they know what I look like, what I sound like, and where they can expect to find me. They are seeking but know what they are after.
On the other hand, we often play I Spy in the car, especially on long road trips when trying to help pass the time. If I’m being honest, I don’t love this game. Why? Because I am searching for something that I know nothing about! I know I’m meant to be looking for something, but it could literally be anything. It may have been a sign they saw out the window several miles back, never to be seen again.
Much of the Bible focuses on the human longing to find God. We search for him and long for him as this desire lies at the very core of what it means to be a human being. As St. Augustine famously said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”
If I’m honest, at times my search for God has felt more like a game of I Spy than a familiar game of Hide and Seek. Faith can feel disorienting and confusing. I long to find him yet find myself unsure of where this story is headed and how our experience of the world’s pain and brokenness can possibly be healed and restored. St. John has a word for this doubt, confusion, and fear: “darkness.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
Our ability to see in the darkness is directly linked to God’s intervening light. Though we may find ourselves stumbling about in the darkness, the Lord longs to shine his light and drive the darkness away. In Jesus God reminds us again and again that he wants to be found. Will you seek after him today?
Father, thank you that you enter into our doubts and fears and shine the light of Christ into our hearts. Give us faith to respond and seek you today with all that we have. Amen.
Do you believe that God wants to be found? How does your answer to that question affect the way you seek him out today?
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