Finding God

monarch-18355_640Acts 17:27: that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

God is not far from us, just as the radio frequency is not far from us, but we need a radio with the capacity to get the frequency to connect in any meaningful way with the waves. In the same way we need the Holy Spirit established in us to connect with God (1Corinthians 2:9-16). However, Man had created all manner of religions for himself as a means of connecting with God, all missing the mark.

But the Holy Spirit was introduced into man at the beginning, when God puts his breath into man (Genesis 2:7). In the Garden of Eden, what we saw was God looking for man. But afterwards, the bible says man began to call upon God (Genesis 4:26). By this time sin had created a gulf between heaven and earth.

The bible says that life is but a puff of wind (James 4:14), here today, gone tomorrow. Everything shall be shaken which can be shaken. God said: “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens (Hebrews 12:25-29).” Everything will be shaken. There will be the removal of everything that was made. That talks about a change of order. Every”thing” will be done away with.

That is why Jesus says that the life of a man does not consist in the abundance of the “things” he possesses (Luke 12:15). Jesus said that the church in Laodicea were poor, though in material good, they had surplus (Revelation 3:14-22). He was seeing things from the everlasting perspective, which is the only one that matters, after all is said and done.

The recommendation of the writer of the book of Hebrews is that we would grateful that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and in our lifestyle, we show we are grateful by worshipping God with reverence and awe, because we are counted worthy of resurrection of life, which is something that will outlast this world.

Paul said though Jesus was rich, for our sake he became poor so that through his poverty we might become rich (2Corinthians 8:9), experience the Jesus-dimension of life.

True riches, Jesus revealed, is being rich towards God. Whatever is not about God, approved by God, is empty.

Finding God is a pursuit of true meaning, the pursuit of your purpose, of your divine connection. Finding God is about finding yourself, since we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28). We have no essence except what we have from him, what he puts in us but sin made us less than we should be, little more than beasts that perishes (Ecclesiastes 3:18-19, Psalm 49:12).

That is why the righteousness-gift[grace] is everything we need, which we receive by faith. It is the priming we get to start us up on the journey into God, seeking him, seeking to be like him in the fullest essence.

To find God, you need hunger. Jesus noted something special about those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, saying that they that we will be filled (Matthew 5:6).

The bible says: seek and you shall find (Matthew 7:7). There is no finding God without seeking him, which is about spending time and energy. He can find you without your seeking him, but you cannot find him without seeking him. The two are different. I’ll explain.

Moses’ experiences capture this. He was not looking for God in the wilderness while he was herding the sheep of his father-in-law, Jethro, when God manifested to him in a burning bush, getting his attention and calling him to go to Egypt and lead Israel’s deliverance from bondage (Exodus 3).

He was so not-seeking-God at that time that he first refused to obey. He had gotten comfortable where he was and he just would not want to be moved. But God had other ideas.

But later on Moses started to seek God. He asked God: show me your glory (Exodus 33:18), though you have blessed me with various experiences about you, but I want more. That was Moses hungry and thirsty for God and he pressed into more and more of God.

Paul’s life story is also similar to this. He was not seeking for Jesus when he met with him on the way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20). He was an enemy of the church of Jesus Christ, looking for way to deal a deadly blow to her, not one you think God would consider to be his servant. But he separated him for his use from his mother’s womb and sent him forth as an apostle (Galatians 1:13-16).

Christ met him and revealed himself to him. But later in his life he expressed his passion for Jesus, how zealously he seeks God. He said of Christ: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, being made conformable to his death (Philippians 3:7-14).

He said: for the excellence of knowing Christ I counts all things as dung; that he may know him, and be found in him not having my own righteousness but that which comes from faith in Jesus Christ.

What about the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at a well called Jacob’s (John 4)? She came to the well, but decided to ignore Jesus, but he decided she was going to be the object of his attention.

Jesus asked her for water but added that, if you know the one talking to you, you would have asked him and he would give you living water. That means the living water is something she should seek from Jesus, being the experience of Jesus that she would seek to have.

For the story of Moses, Paul and the Samaritan woman, we see the difference between God finding us, and us finding God, as a consequence of seeking him.

We need to seek to experience the grace of God. And that is what we do when we come near to the throne of grace, where we find grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16). When we seek for grace we find it. When we seek for knowledge we also find it. Knowledge does not jump on you, you must seek to know the truth, and that Jesus says is the way to freedom (John 8:31-32). Without seeking knowledge we would be like those who after many years as a Christian are still at the level of the milk of the word, not moving on to higher levels of matured understanding (Hebrews 5:12-14).

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