You can’t find what you’re not looking for
Have you ever lost something you really like or really needed?
- You look under everything you can think of.
- You interrogate everyone that could have possibly messed with it.
And then finally you find it. It’s crazy what you feel. You’re excited and have a sense of satisfaction because you found what you were looking for.
Our seeking after God is no different. Sin separated us from God. The pre-fall intimate relationship we once had has been severed. But in Christ, we have been redeemed and all that was is being restored.
But being is the keyword.
What has been lost?
We live in the tension of the what is and what is to come. What is, is that our sin debt has been paid for through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Our souls have been redeemed but not our bodies. Our flesh, as the Bible calls it, still pulls us to sinful ways. Listen to Paul as he describes his struggle with his flesh,
Romans 7:15 (ESV) For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
There’s a battle of desire – desiring God or desiring sin.
Because of sin, we lost perfect connection with God the father. Jesus came to make way, but the sinful bodies we still live in and the influence of Satan and his demons constantly allures us away from God.
It will be a constant battle. Many people get saved and assume that seeking God will come natural or easy after that, but it doesn’t work that way. Jesus the very son of God would fast and pray to keep His connection to God close (Luke 5:16). How much more should we?
The harder the fight, the sweeter the victory
But like with every battle and every search there’s a satisfaction at the end. The sweet taste of victory or the sense of accomplishment for finding what was lost pale in comparison to the sweetness of finding God.
And it’s not that you ever lost Him or, better said, not that He ever lost you, but sin still exists and sin still separates. So you have to seek and fight to seek.
But how sweet it is when you find Him.
Or if you are getting discouraged remember that you don’t do it alone, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 (ESV)
God wants you to seek Him and find Him. (Matthew 7:7-8, Jeremiah 29:13)