“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
When I was a kid, I used to love to play hide-and-go-seek. When you found the person you were looking for, you won! It was fun playing the game with my children when they were very young. Sometimes, they would just cover their eyes and say, “Daddy, come find me!” They thought, if they couldn’t see me, then I must not be able to see them. Childish, I know, but don’t we play the same game with God?
How often have we made the mistake of thinking that, if we couldn’t see Him, He must not be able to see us? In the book of Jeremiah, God offers us a challenge to seek Him with the assurance that, if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him! That’s a search worth making! Have you made an honest intellectual search for the truth to see where the facts may lead you about God, or have you settled for assumptions and hearsay because it’s simply more convenient to believe? To discover the truth, you must ask questions and seek honest facts.
Before faith can become real, it must be personal. God desires a personal relationship with everyone. He created you to love you. In addition, asking questions and seeking honest facts leads to wisdom and humility. Our search acknowledges the fact that we don’t know, but are seeking to know, the truth about God. The Bible describes the person who thinks they know it all as a fool. You don’t know what you don’t know, and what you don’t know could be deadly. Knowledge is power and enlightens us to the truth. In the Old Testament, God rebuked a stubborn and obstinate people for refusing to learn. In Hosea 4:6 He says,
“My people will be destroyed, because they have no knowledge. You have refused to learn….”
Willful ignorance can have deadly consequences, physically and spiritually. On the other hand, think of all the amazing breakthroughs in discovery we have benefited from because someone kept seeking! Furthermore, asking questions and seeking honest facts reflects a healthy view of the God we are seeking. God is not afraid of our questions, nor is He threatened by them. If you’re afraid to ask God tough questions, you have an unhealthy view of God. Just read the book of Job. Job wasn’t afraid to ask the really hard questions. In asking, He discovered that knowing God in the end was even greater than knowing the answers. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)
What are you searching for? Keep seeking. God promises to reward the honest seeker with the greatest reward – Himself! The irony of it all is that God is seeking us! Since the fall in Genesis, man is the one who has been hiding. The Bible says that Jesus came to seek and to save those who were lost. He came so that we could find God and be found by Him!