Too easily satisfied… VOL 106
I’m amazed at what we become satisfied with in our walk with the Lord.
“If with all your hearts you truly seek me…you shall ever surely find me…thus saith our God”
I sang that song from Mendelssohn’s Elijah for some solo competition a hundred years ago…only thinking about how I would be judged for my musical performance of it…and not giving a single thought to the living out of it.
I don’t know if I’ve ever done anything with ALL my heart. I have, however, been accused of doing lots of things half-ass’d.
The concept of being all-in, body and soul, tooth and nail…all those phrases that we use to describe the passion and grit of life are often missed in our pursuit of holiness and fulfillment in our faith walk…that is… if there is a pursuit of it at all.
I have been guilty at times of just “letting it happen.” Only seeking and engaging God when there’s sickness or tragedy or poverty on the line. (Read that: “When I can’t figure it out’)
That is embarrassing to admit, but it’s true. What would it mean to my enjoyment of God if I truly found him and not shadows of him…not the image of him I have in my mind…or the concept of him I heard from a preacher, but him…the God of the Bible. What joys are waiting…What strength? What wisdom? What peace?…What rest?
The challenge is really not in the finding of God…he told us he could be found. The challenge is in the seeking of him with all our hearts. Putting aside the idols and obstacles that we’ve created, Deciding that “all-in” will describe our seeking after him from this point forward.
It’s not like we don’t know this. And it’s mentioned or inferred quite a bit in scripture. We are instructed to “Trust the Lord with ALL your heart…” “Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul and mind” to name just a couple.
So what’ll it be Christian? Are we going to settle for mediocrity in our pursuit of God…or will we work up a thirst for him that can only be quenched in the finding of him?
So start your journey! Don’t ask Siri to find God for you…and don’t plug “God” into your GPS…(even though that might be interesting…) this seeking God is about digging into the Word…hitting our proverbial knees and “wanting” him to be your heart’s desire…your passion…your reward.
Here is a beautiful thought. This is not a one-sided endeavor… and it’s not hide and seek.
As hard as it may seem to believe at times…God wants to be found by me and you.