(Who’s Really Lost?)
I hear it every so often – you’ve probably heard it too. It’s an extremely familiar phrase that people are fond of saying and always leaves me wondering how serious they really are. The phrase? “I’m a seeker.” What exactly does that mean and who or what are they seeking? Well – if the person hasn’t lost their car keys or misplaced a small child, that particular phrase usually means they are seeking or looking for God.
I have to wonder though, is God really all that hard to find? Or is He lost? And just how long does a person need to “seek” in order to “find” God? Jeremiah 29:3 tells us this: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Turns out we’re the ones who are lost; God has been there all the time. A very long time actually! And it sure doesn’t sound all that hard to find Him either. Just seek Him with your whole heart. I mean, people shop for new cars with all their hearts. They yell at football games with all their hearts; I’ve even seen men B-B-Q big fat juicy steaks on the grill with their whole heart. So why not seek God with your whole heart?! It’s not rocket science!
There’s a terrific little verse found in Romans 1:20 that many would either love to skip over or pretend doesn’t exist. But -here tis: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Sadly, people decide to worship God’s creation (animals, our solar system, other people, etc) instead of God Himself! Interestingly, verse 22 goes on to say: “Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.” You see, the problem for believers is not a sparsity of revelation about God, but the suppression of it. This is what the Bible calls foolish!
It’s pretty sad actually because God is not in hiding. There’s an amazing verse in Ecc 3:11 which tells us God has even placed eternity in our hearts. In other words, people have a basic inner ‘knowing’ that there is a God. Even an unbeliever like Voltaire had to admit: “I did not know what I should think about the world. I cannot believe this clock exists without a clockmaker.”
(Who’s Really Lost?)
And just a quick rabbit trail here: at the same time many are seeking God, others are working intently to remove what they would call a “non-entity” from all American thought. Kind of strange isn’t it?! I’ve always wondered why they even care so much! This group doesn’t seem to mind the constant immorality, perversion, and lewdness spewed out over our airways on TV or in films, etc, but heaven forbid we would mention “Him” in our schools, in public, in politics, or in Hollywood.
Recently, Jay Leno said something pretty thought-provoking along this same thought: “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, ‘Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’” Or everything else for that matter!
Now back to our “seeker” people. I love seekers but sooner rather than later, people need to “find” God. So let’s tackle the elephant on the table here: what happens if a seeker decides to never acknowledge God or His incredible provision to give us salvation? John 14:6 indirectly answers this question for us: (Jesus) “I am the [only] way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” As someone once so accurately advised: “Seek God as if your life depends on it.” Because it does!!
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