By: Shane Unger [Candlewood Pastor]
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
There is something about the word “seek” that gets my blood pumping. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of striving and pursuing a goal that I so desperately desired, for which I had to work hard and make sacrifices to accomplish. Growing up, I spent countless hours training and conditioning my body, seeking to win a wrestling championship. Later, I relentlessly sought a Godly woman (Hannah), who is now my amazing wife. We all have goals and dreams in our lives that we seek – high grades, a good career, accolades, and hobbies.
The world proclaims seeking self, indulging physical pleasures, materiality, temporary highs, and false gods. It’s very easy for us to get lost in our seeking. Like a man being held under water, drowning, gasping for air, our sole concern is for which we seek. God has wired us to seek, and it’s a great attribute when we focus it correctly.
God wants us to seek him with ALL of our hearts, not with a piece, a portion, or even a majority. Imagine the spiritual growth you’d experience if you would seek God as desperately as you seek your greatest personal passion. Imagine what your life, family, marriage, Small Group, and church would look like if you sought God with the intensity that you give to so many other immaterial pursuits.
I guarantee you that the things we so desperately seek in this world will never ultimately satisfy us. We may never even fully achieve our goals and dreams, but God tells us that if we seek him, we will find him, and he alone satisfies.