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DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Why would anyone seek God?

Someone has said each human being has a God-shaped hole in them that only God can fill.

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Rev. Paul McKibben
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God has made it clear that we will not make it to heaven on our own merits. He also said that none of us will seek God on our own.

David, the writer of Psalms, said: “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one” (Psalm 14:1-3).

In the New Testament book of Romans, we see these thoughts repeated: “As the Scriptures say, ‘No one is righteous – not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one” (Romans 3:10-12).

So why do some of us seek after God? In every culture that has been discovered on this planet, evidence is found of people worshiping someone or something. The God who created everything has put eternity in the human heart.

Solomon said: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

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Someone has said each human being has a God-shaped hole in them that only God can fill. C.S. Lewis said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

So if God made us with a desire to worship someone, why does He say no one seeks God? Because when man rebelled against God, sin came into all men.

There is another entity that wants to be god: the devil. He cannot be God, so he is spending his energies to destroy what God made and turn everyone he can away from trusting the true God.

God knew that sin had separated His beloved creation from Him. He had to send His own son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth as a human, live a sinless life and die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. This act of love and sacrifice opened the door for man to be made right with God.

God created humans with the ability to choose to accept this sacrifice and be accepted by God or reject it and face eternity separated from God.

Jeremiah promised us that if we seek Him we will find 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).

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Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage.
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