I despise looking for things. As a mum, my least favorite words in the English language are, “Muu-uuum, where’s my [fill in the missing item]?” I go to great lengths, personally, to avoid ever having to look for things: keys always in the same purse pocket, phone plugged in, glasses on my face or in their case, planner on the kitchen counter, all jewelry on bureau. Even so, mental lapses happen, and I, occasionally, have to go swooping through the house, scanning all horizontal surfaces with a knot in my stomach.
Could this be why I find so much comfort and enjoyment in Jeremiah’s words to God’s people in exile?
You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…”Jeremiah 29:12-14
These words are addressed to a nation of disobedient, distractable, and wayward people. Nebuchadnezzar had carried them off to Babylon as punishment after years of warning and pleading from God’s faithful prophets. It was God’s idea to use a pagan nation to jerk their wandering hearts to attention, but nonetheless, God is signaling iminence and availability, assuring them that they have God’s unwavering attention.
Given God’s track record of merciful forgiveness and gracious availability, do you imagine God playing hard to get with you?
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Is it possible that God isn’t who you thought God was? Are you seeking the “God” your parents talked about but didn’t really know? Would the God you are looking for vote a straight Republican or Democratic ticket? Are you looking for a feel-good savior to balance your checking account and fix all your problems?
Maybe it’s time to examine your assumptions about God. The truth is that God is untamed and untame-able, given to actions that I cannot explain.
When you cannot absorb your present situation, when the storms have dredged up a load of sludge and debris you can’t sort through alone, challenge yourself to assume that God wants to be known. Turn toward God–not away from God in anger and disappointment!
Commit yourself to looking for God in the one place God promises to reveal himself–the written Word. Begin by making a list of characteristics of God that you discover in whatever scripture passage you are reading.
Seek God through prayer, honestly spilling out your confusion into God’s ear. Make time in your day for silent waiting before God, and tell God that you are willing to trust the mystery of his good intentions toward you.
I’m praying for you in the search,
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