DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Have you been seeking God?
Answer when God knocks. There may not be another opportunity to meet Him.
Many people say, “I tried Jesus and He did not work for me.” Perhaps this will pop your bubble, but God does not work for you. God did His work on the cross, and He is now asking you to work for Him.
Some of us have tried religion and church work but have not really found much life giving truth there. Some have worked to earn a place in heaven and feel like they deserve God’s grace. But maybe we all need to stop working so hard and let God find us.
There is only one way to find the real God, and that is through Jesus Christ. There is only one way to find Jesus Christ, and that is if God the Father draws you to Him. ”But Jesus replied, ‘Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up’” (John 6:43-44).
God wants to be found. God sometimes will wait until there is an open heart, or a brokenness that gives God the chance to reveal Himself to them. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.
It seems that life is so busy that we don’t stop and listen for God. We don’t notice the beauty around us and the ways God may be trying to get our attention.
Jeremiah was a prophet for God in some very hard times for God’s people. God was bringing them into captivity for their idolatry and sinfulness. God knew if things got hard enough, then they would call on Him.
“‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will let Myself be found by you,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:12-14).
How hard would things have to get before you would cry out to God for help? For some of us, that would only be when all other options were gone. That’s a good place to be, because God does not really want divided attention. He wants all your worship, and all the glory.
When you are in your deepest, hardest spot in life, it may be the best time to give it all to God and put all your trust in Him. You don’t have to wait for that time. You can call out to God anytime that God shows you Himself.
I want you to know you don’t come to God on your terms. You must come when He calls. If you reject Him when He calls you, you may not have another chance.
My message to you is: Seek after God, keep your eyes open to ways he may be speaking to you. When you hear God speak to you or the Spirit nudging you, respond to Him.
He wants to meet you where you are. You don’t have to clean up first, just come to Him as you are.
Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage.