Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on October 4, 2021 at 7:35 AM|
Monday Meditation - Seek 9/20/2021
Whom do you seek?
Every human person seeks many things during their lifetime. We first seek food and comfort, and then seek material things and jobs, and we also seek love. It is built into us to seek for these things.
I’m no exception. I eat when I am hungry (and sometimes when I am not…), and I seek warmth and shelter inside my home during storms. Like most of us, I seek meaningful work and look for the praise of others to assure myself that my efforts have been noticed and appreciated.
But often I don’t seek God. Yes, I attend church on Sundays and usually at least once during the week, I say prayers throughout the day, and I even sit in adoration for a few hours each week. But sadly, often that time is not spent truly seeking God and seeking to know Him better. Like I mentioned in a recent meditation, I often fight distractions which tend to pull me away from Him.
During a recent adoration hour, I started reading a book titled “Salvation” by Michael Patrick Barber. I got merely partway through the first chapter when it hit me that “Seek” should be a title for one of my meditations.
The key thing that I took away from the beginning of this book is that Jesus came to earth to save us. And not only that, He actively seeks us! Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Story after story in the Gospels show Jesus as the Good Shepherd seeking the lost. Jesus traveled all over the area healing and welcoming hurting people into the fold. Look at the story of Zacchaeus – he responded to Jesus’s invitation by stating he would repent and repay who he stole four times over. And the woman who poured costly perfume on Jesus’ feet was saved: Jesus explains to Simon that “I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.” (Luke 7:47)
Each of us, whether we know it or not, has a deep longing in our souls for “something.” This is in fact a longing for God. Unfortunately, we may misunderstand that longing, and instead seek out material things thinking they can comfort us and satisfy our needs.
I learned from this that I need to have a continual desire to seek Jesus, and seek Him first above all other things. A popular song we sing at church is “Seek Ye First” by Karen Lafferty. Perhaps you know it - the words come from Matthew 6:33. The first verse says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you; Alleluia.” What a good song to remind me Who I should seek!
During that recent adoration hour when I was pondering the gift the God seeks me, and was reminded that I need to seek him, the following words came:
Seek the One who saves;
Keep Him in your heart.
Who do you seek? Do you seek the Lord? I pray that You will spend some time this week seeking Him and find blessing in His seeking you.
Have a blessed Monday!
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