"And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye search for me with all
your heart." Jer. 29:13
F ind God. The goal in life is to find God, not once, but every day.
We are born lost. We are all born outside the garden. It is our job to
find our way back home. Sad are those who are satisfied with where they
are. The truth is, as long as we are in this world, we are not home yet.
Now I am not talking about heaven. I am not talking about the "sweet bye
and bye" sung about by those who think they found the truth. I am
talking about the journey, the journey home. The moment a person thinks
they found it, they are likely to lose it, to stop; and we can’t stop.
Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." None of these
things are solid, stagnant, or freeze framed. They are all moving,
pulsing, and living things. No one has the truth any more than learning
a couple of axioms in geometry class makes you a math genius. After
basic arithmetic, comes algebra I and then algebra II, and then
geometry, calculus and so on. I am afraid that many who claim to have
"found" the truth have camped out in kindergarten. Meeting the Teacher
is a long way from getting your PhD.
I am afraid that much of what passes for Christianity today is just
children fussing and playing in pre-school. Many having found "it" are
afraid to be promoted. Many are happy with the swings and sliding ponds,
or jump ropes of a specific school or denomination. The religious
authorities were upset with Jesus because when they "piped" He did not
dance. He was not interested in playing their religious games. The
Pharisees thought they found it and had it. They had arrived. Jesus said
our righteousness must exceed theirs, and that did not mean making more
rules, or discovering the right rule. The Scribe and the Pharisee were
experts in the Word and the Law. One was an expert in writing it, and
the other was an expert in enforcing it. Jesus calls our attention to
the spirit of the Word, because the Word is a living thing.
Our mission, goal and purpose in life is to find God every day both
in the word and in the world. He can only be found by those who search
for Him with all their heart. This cannot be done by good scribal or
religious penmanship, it can only be done in spirit.
We must find Him in His written Word. We must meet with Him, worship
Him and learn of and from Him. We must find Him (or His angel or
attendant or messenger) in among the multitude of our crowded life.
Finding someone among the thirsty, or lonely, or afraid, or sick is our
assignment for the day. Since we cannot be sure which one is the One who
might one day say, "I was thirsty and ye gave me not to drink," we give
to as many as we can as if we were giving to Him, and treat everyone
with kindness, care, compassion and respect.
"Ye shall seek me…." The only search engine that will work for this
assignment is a humble heart. Jesus said "Blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall see God." Nothing less will work. The
Omnipresent is in the present, and our job is to find Him and His will
every day and in every circumstance. He is here, He is there, He
is near, as we shall see when we would only search for Him with
all our heart.