I’ve touched on seeking God in the past few posts, now it’s time to work on the idea a bit more.
Research – that’s always a good place to start, and it delays the writing process! (Writers among you know what I’m talking about!)
I’ve looked through Old Testament references to seeking God (www.biblegateway.com makes this painless) and they seem to point to one conclusion – seeking is a wholehearted deal. It’s not for the faint hearted but for the whole hearted. And the corollary is that if we seek, we will find. (I know it sounds odd, but I have friends who appear to be seeking God, but when they some within touching distance, they back off. I can only assume that they don’t really want to find because they know that a wholehearted find would be life-changing.)
And there’s a twist to this seeking because it’s not just that we seek God, but that in Jesus, he seeks us:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
So there’s a dance – realising that we need God, seeking him wholeheartedly, finding / being found by him and a wholehearted turn around.
Old Testament prophet Isaiah blends the steps together:
“Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.”
What an exhortation!