Seek and Find
Written by Shelby Owens on December 14, 2017
Acts 17:25-27 MSG
“Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just go around in the dark but actually find him.”
It’s crazy to think that God gave us this world, our jobs, our families and everything else so that we could use it to seek Him and know Him more. We thankfully serve a God that doesn’t dictate our lives. We have the choice to be saved, to pray and to read our Bibles. Having a relationship with God is our choice, so my challenge today and every day is to Make the Decision To Seek God.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
When we seek God, He shows up. He is the God who spoke to Moses through a burning bush; the God who spoke to Samuel in an audible voice in his sleep; and the God who came to earth as a man. He is not afraid to do something new. Seeking God starts with our foundation of prayer and reading His word, so for some of us, seeking Him more starts there. But there is more to seeking God than in our morning devotion and or bedtime prayer.
We can seek and find God in the everyday.
The best way that I connect with God is through his creation. Some of my favorite memories from college were going to my friend, Charlotteʼs, beach house. It was on Anna Maria Island right on the beach. I would sit and stare at the ocean and just think about the beauty of God and His creation. We can find Him in the sunset, in large fields, on a long hike and in the rain.
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Living life in a way where I simply think of God more causes me to discover more of him.
My boss at Southeastern, where I attended college, had a game in his mind that he would do to think of God more in his everyday life. For example, he would be driving home in his car and see a lamppost. He would say, “This lamppost reminds me of God because when everything is dark around us, He will still be our source of light.” “God is like this microphone because He amplifies my voice. He amplifies the people who will hear me and the people who will hear His word.” “God is like my phone alarm because even when I forget what time it is, when I forget what I should be doing, when I forget who I am, He is here to remind me of His word and that I am his child.”
…What if we lived our lives like that?
We can find Him in our jobs. We can be thankful for what our jobs provide for us. When we feel like there isn’t a purpose to what we do, we can think the way God would have us think. Selfishly, I can think that I spend eight hours a day in Birmingham and more than two hours in the car all to write a commercial for a luxury product that someone may or may not buy. Or I can think, I make commercials that keep our company up and running so that people can hear Christian music throughout their day.
That is the difference between focusing on myself or seeking God in my everyday life.
Itʼs deciding how my ordinary life can be a daily offering to God.
Whether we go to school, play sports or have full time jobs, we can find a way to dwell in His presence, give Him adoration and give Him glory at the same time.
We have to find God more than just on top of the mountains and in the valleys.
When something amazing happens, we praise God. When some-thing bad happens, we ask God for help. What if we went to Him for more than that?
What if we went to Him in the ordinary and mundane? All we need to do is to look at the ordinary in our lives and see how we can make it an offering to God.
Look at the Earth we have been given and find Him in it.
Take advantage of having His word and a direct relationship to Him.
To have a relationship with God, we have to spend time with Him. Whether we have insane revelations or not, the time we put in matters. If I came home from working all day, then went home to go watch television by myself and only said good morning and goodnight to my husband every day, our relation-ship wouldn’t be that great. Thatʼs why God needs more of our time, our thoughts and daily activities.
Once we develop this relationship, we become aware of His presence and we can recognize His voice.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
When we seek Him, we find Him.