I’m not a big socialite. But when I do venture out into the masses, I usually don’t go just for something to do. I go with a purpose. I am seeking someone or something.
If I go to a party or a gathering, there is one person I will seek out. I scan the crowd looking for the face I am seeking. I listen for their laugh and the timbre of their voice. I may be searching for my husband, my sons or a friend.
When we seek, we look until we find, don’t we? We are purposefully looking for someone or something in particular. Children seek out Easter eggs on Easter morning. They eagerly look until they find the brightly coloured sweet treats.
Today’s verse of the day from biblegateway.com was from Hebrews 11:6, The Voice. Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking. (emphasis mine).
It was the last part of the verse that caught my attention. He rewards those who come seeking.
It struck me that all I have to do is come seeking Him. I don’t have to be anything else. We think we have to have cleaned up our mess first before we seek Him out. We believe we need to at least try to have it together before we go to God. We tell ourselves we need to have solved our problems before we seek His face.
We have to be perfect.
But it doesn’t say anywhere in that verse or in the bible, that we have to have it altogether to come to God. To look for Him. To seek Him out. The ill and infirm sought Jesus out. Those who had blown it and those who were socially unacceptable came looking for Him. Those who had doubts came to Him. He welcomed them all. He didn’t turn them away. He could handle it all.
We just have to come. Seek and you shall find him. (Mat 7:7)
If we had solved our problems or cleaned ourselves up, we wouldn’t need Jesus right? We’d be patting ourselves on the back. We would be thinking we did it ourselves. Our pride would tell us that we can handle it. No need to bother the Almighty. We got this.
It’s a big lie that we believe. Satan likes to keep us feeling like we are not good enough so we don’t seek God. If we do manage to make some small progress bettering ourselves, then we believe we don’t need Him. It’s a vicious cycle.
However the verse from Hebrews is simple, Believe He exists and seek Him out. And he’ll reward you.
There may be other rewards but the main reward is Him. I AM, present in our lives. His presence trumps everything else; the unsolvable problem, the explosive mess, the unredeemable relationship, the life that looks unsalvageable. His presence turns it all upside down and makes it workable. So the impossible is possible with God. (Luke 1:37 The Voice)
All we have to do is seek His Face and He does the rest.