I am the mother of two young children. Both of my kids LOVE to play hide and seek. Mostly, they like to be the hiders and want me to be the seeker. Being young, they sometimes pick some pretty obvious hiding places; but I always make a big production out of finding them by wondering aloud where they could be. They laugh and squeal and beg me to find them again. In a similar fashion, God is seeking us. And at the same time, we are to seek after him. While we may sometimes be the one hiding, God never is. God promises in Jeremiah 29:13 that “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”
In the verses above, Jesus’ followers were walking together shortly after his crucifixion. They had seven miles to walk and a lot to talk about. In verse 15, the Greek word for “discussed” means “to seek or examine together” (blueletterbible.org). They did not yet believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, but they had heard the tomb was empty. They were most likely feeling sad, dejected, confused, and worried. The Greek translation tells us that they had a lot of questions. They were seeking.
Why do you think Jesus chose these disciples to be some of the first he appeared to after his resurrection? I can’t say for certain, but it seems to me that Jesus wanted to encourage his followers. He saw that they were in need of comfort and answers. He recognized that they were seeking him, and he wanted to be found.
1 Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.”
What does this mean? Setting your mind on something is the opposite of mental coasting. It is a conscious choice and effort to focus your mind on God. Some people seek God because they don’t know if he exists. Some people seek God because they are questioning. When Christ followers talk about seeking God, they are usually referring to seeking the experience of God’s presence. It doesn’t matter why you are seeking God, he only cares that you are actively pursuing him.
At any point in your Christian journey, you can seek God by praying, reading the Bible, participating in a group, singing, journaling, attending a church service, serving others, etc. One of my favorite ways to seek God is to read. I enjoy books by Philip Yancey, Andy Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Donald Miller. Seeking God in this way encourages me to be a better follower of Christ.
In his book Prayer, Does it Make Any Difference?, Philip Yancey talks about seeking God through prayer. He says, “God is already present in my life and all around me; prayer offers the chance to attend and respond to that presence.”
How do you seek after God?
When do you feel God’s presence the most?
Choose one practical way to make seeking God a priority this week. Start a new Bible study, set aside time to pray, or look into joining a group (cedarcreek.tv/groups). Read a book that helps you seek God in a new way.
God, thank you for creating me to seek after you. Thank you for meeting me where I am as a seeker. Please help me desire to seek your will for my life and a relationship with you. Amen.
This post was written by Meghan Yarnell, a regular contributor of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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