There’s a couple expressions we often use when we are going through a situation – “I’m looking for God in this situation” or “I found God”, when in reality it’s not a matter of finding Him, it’s a matter of noticing He has in fact been there the entire time. He does not hide until we seek Him; trickery is the enemy’s game. He does, however, ask us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He asks this of us not because He is hiding, not because He is absent, but because He sought us first. He created us for Divine relationship with Him. He created us to be loved by Him and gave us free will to choose to love Him in return. The beautiful thing about seeking the Lord is that the more we seek Him the more we find. There is a beautiful old song I love that sings, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus / look full in His wonderful face / and the things of earth will grow strangely dim / in the light of His glory and grace”.
I’ve learned when I am in a place of always being aware of His presence with me, when I am resting in His presence and actively seeking after Him deeper and deeper still, the day-to-day trials of this earth grow dim in His glorious light. I spend so much time seeking after answers, and when I switch my focus to seeking after Him, I find He is the answer. When I am aware of His steadfast nearness in my life, I can look back on times I was not aware of His nearness and see exactly where His light was.
Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will never leave you or forsake you.” Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Jesus took the abandonment of the Father that we so deserved on the cross. He paid our debt so we could be in constant fellowship with our Lord now and forevermore.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who ask receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). The Lord is not hiding from you. He is not absent from you or your situation. AW Tozer said, “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.”
Father, we ask you to help us set our hearts and minds on you. Help us to be sensitive to your steadfast nearness. Help us to quiet our hearts to hear Your voice. We thank You for seeking us and loving us first. We want to seek after You like never before. We thank You for the gift of allowing Yourself to be found when we seek after You. We praise You for all that You are. In Jesus name, amen.