You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
One of my sweetest memories happened in the living room of my Grandpa and Grandma Suderman when I was about seven years old. It was prayer time. All around the room people went to their knees and began praying according to age. Grandpa first. I listened to his tenor voice entreating God for the safety of his family. Then I just listened to his voice, as he continued to pray, One by one each family member prayed. Curious, I opened my eyes and found that all were facing away from me, hearts and minds centered on God. No one was anxious or impatient with the length of the prayers. I closed my eyes again and tried to be patient.
As time has gone on, I realize that prayer isn’t a quick few words. It is much more than this. Our prayers are caught in heaven in “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8
In Revelation 8:3-5, And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
We seek God through prayer. Prayer is not a passive activity. Eugene Peterson writes in his book, Reversed Thunder: The sense of smell is associated with prayer. Prayer cannot be practiced in detachment. Invisible and involving, prayer penetrates and permeates.”
Seeking God is an active pursuit. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10
Seeking God through continual praise requires focus on His Word. It is difficult to maintain that focus in our search for new ideas. My Dad and Mother read the Word aloud every day. I thought of them when I read Revelation 1:3 - Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
My Grandfather Suderman came to visit. We sat in the dining room around the table. We children were ready to eat and rush to high school. Grandpa opened his German Bible slowly and read a portion. He then read the same portion from the English Bible. “I have read this scripture many times, but now I have learned something new.” His mind was focused not on what the day had in store for him, but in the Words that God gave all of us that day.
Is there an end to ‘seeking’ the Lord? You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Seeking God takes wisdom and faith and understanding and humility. Pride in knowing brings tunnel vision and arrogance. Humility brings to God a teachable heart and then we become a delight to Him. Seeking God is a steadfast work that takes a lifetime for each of us, and continues from generation to generation.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5
When something is lost to us, we seek for days, depending on the preciousness or need. We gird ourselves with time and the mind-set of the big search. We don’t want to declare defeat. There is nothing more frustrating than to find the object just where we looked before. We lose our ability to see in our hurried search. Seeking God is the same, for when in a panic, we can’t see Him in all the love-clues He places all around us. There is a way to know we see Him as He is.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
Seeking God is a blessed way of life that fills us with peace. We become more alive!
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3
The day I first heard these words, they were sung. They were true before they were written, and true now, and true forever. Why is a troubled spirit calmed by flowing rivers? What is it that we see as we search the sky in anticipation? Sustenance of rain, the riot of clouds guided by the wind, or the appearance of Jesus the King? Why is it that artists paint over and over the hills ‘from where our help comes’? Why are we drawn to the complex design and many colored flowers that bloom in their season? Or the many species of fauna that populates the earth? Or let us not forget the faithfulness of the sun that traverses the sky creating a new day in a burst of light and a stunning display of color as it says, :goodnight”. What about the velvet night shimmering with stars, from many light years above the earth? All these ‘Declare the Glory of God!’
“…For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19