By Michael E. Brooks
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NKJV).
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
On my very first foreign mission campaign I was walking down the street of a town in Guyana when I heard someone calling out to me. Looking around I saw a young man running down a side road, trying to catch up for me. I waited for him, and when he came to me he said, “I have been looking for you; please tell me about Jesus and the Bible.”
On Easter Sunday, children in many parts of the world will spend some time searching in lawns and fields for colored eggs and other treasures. They will proudly hold up their finds for all to see and praise.
Some will find special prizes and be rewarded for their skills and energies displayed by the search. Whatever religious significance this day holds for given individuals, almost all can appreciate the excitement and joy of a successful search.
There are many things for which we seek. Physical health, satisfaction, material success, and happy families are but a few of these, but certainly rank high in importance. There can be no doubt, however, as to the most important search of all.
Moses prophesied to the people of Israel that there would come a time when they had departed from God and they would be evicted from the land he would give them because of their disobedience. He also prophesied that in the midst of their suffering they would realize their loss, and seek to regain their relationship with him. “You will seek the Lord your God.” No other search is as urgent as that.
All of us lose God from time to time (Romans 3:23). That is, we sever our relationship with him through sin and we forget who and what he is to us. We may even get so far from him that we cannot remember how to return. We doubt our ability to serve him faithfully. We may question his willingness to forgive us. Many decide they can never go home to him again.
Such decisions are tragic. Jesus promises success to all who ask, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7). Paul stated “. . . So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they may grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). And Moses guaranteed the Israelites, “. . . You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
God does not hide himself from us. He does not depart from our fellowship. It is sinful mankind who deserted God. It is up to us to seek him and find him. He has revealed himself abundantly, through the creation (Romans 1:20-21), his son, Jesus (Colossians 1:15), and his Word, the Bible (1 Corinthians 2:10-13; Hebrews 4:12). God is found by all who seek him. There can be no greater search.
By Michael E. Brooks