Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
When we proclaim that we are seeking after something, we are announcing to others our position. A position of seeking is a position that is dynamic, it isn’t settled nor is it confirmed, it doesn’t have a place, but is moving toward whatever destination that’s been set.
Some people never set the destination but remain in a perpetual state of looking.
There have been common threads among people in every generation that makes the one who is seeking as a fanciful free spirit who refuses to comply with a strict pattern of compliance. The seeker is ever moving with the wind, changing their course, and oftentimes their identity.
“i was lying to myself when I thought I was lost, I have never been lost – I just wasn’t ready to be found.”Nikki Rowe
The process of finding yourself is often given a meaning that implies gaining an understanding of who you are and what you want to become. The movement has found its footing in multiple generations since finding meaning and purpose is a common human trait. If all we live for is finding relational love, then when lust dissipates and the reality of relationship sets in, the difficulty forces the process to start all over again. The world defines love as having a ‘soul mate’, or ‘connecting’ on a much deeper level than basic relationships. These descriptions are just elaborate ways to make the process appealing without giving any concrete substance to an end point. Relationships take work, people are fallible no matter how appealing they are, and reality can be depressing for those who think otherwise.
Finding purpose in life is hard when you look to basic world patterns as a solution. Getting a job is great when the money comes in but the moment a boss or coworker treats you poorly, the job becomes more difficult and less motivating. Acquiring stuff sounds great until the car needs repaired, insurance is due, the house needs maintenance, or something gets stolen or just wears out. The insatiable need to purchase new items denotes the need for a temporary high from getting stuff that never seems to fulfill.
“We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge. Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves. Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.”Louis L’Amour
Why do people hoard stuff? When psychologists examine the the reasoning they often find hoarders associate their stuff with a sense of their personhood. A necklace might remind them of a loved one or memory or a piece of garbage to most is to them a part of who they are. The association with acquiring goods is often from a mental break that occurred years earlier and never healed.
Whether it is from trauma, abuse, or from imprinting a world philosophy onto the psyche, those who perpetually seek often don’t like what they find.
The question is: Where are you looking?
Jeremiah 24:7 “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
The Answer: Everything you ever desired or hoped for is found in Christ alone.
You’ll never be satisfied with any relationship, career, house, car, or entertainment if you look to them as your place for fulfillment.
“Striving for happiness will never bring you happiness.”Bert McCoy
Whatever is on your horizon is the direction you are going. If it is fulfillment or happiness your after, your seeking after an abstract position that has no end. Like chasing a mirage, you’ll look into every worldly definition until you realize they dissipate the moment you think you’ve found them.
John 16:24 “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
How does the Lord bring fulfillment?
Asking for anything in God’s name is to ask according to His will. Many have taken this concept as a free for all in claiming every desire they can think of and running up a credit card bill that takes years to recover from.
God’s will is for you to know Him.
*He has made you to need Him. You will never be whole without His presence in your life. He fills up everything you are lacking.
You have been made in His image, body, mind, and spirit. The body or flesh has been corrupted by sin, it has an expiration date and it is slowly dying. The mind is influenced by what it sets itself upon, whether things above or things below. The spirit is made whole when it is conjoined with the Holy Spirit and this can only occur through Jesus Christ. Because we are corrupted by sin, our nature leads us into sin and sin separates us from God. Jesus paid the price with His life so that we can once again be made whole. The world does not know this nor can they relate to this fact, the fact that God supplies everything we need.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
The Word of God is the source, the Spirit leads according to the Truth He has revealed, and in the end of this journey you’ll find Jesus standing there, with open arms.
Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. This is the meaning to life, this is the source of all hope, and the reward is greater than you’ll ever know.