There is restlessness in each one of us. A hole so to speak that drives us to its fulfillment, or overwhelms us to despair. It seems to be a part of man’s nature to search; part of our DNA makeup.
I see folks searching all the time; spouses in their marriages searching for significance and security with one another; looking for excitement and passion that is either from a hope unanswered or a loss from years of routine. I see the searching hearts of students buffeted with the onslaught of their future and the hope of fully expressing their lives. I see the elderly searching for recognition of a life not wasted and a hope for a future. I see the middle aged man searching for purpose and meaning in his life. We are all searching for something, some place, someone. Yet we rarely stop to consider the source of our restless hearts.
Let me give an example: I eat because I’m hungry; I drink because I’m thirsty. I rarely stop to consider why am I hungry? Why am I thirsty? I just am; so I eat and drink. But there is something there that is driving me to fulfillment. There is a necessity, a longing that causes a search for fulfillment. It’s the same way with the restlessness that we feel. There is a longing, a driving passion that is inbred. We search for rest because there is something inside us that is created for rest. Our entire quests are a search for rest. Think about it; aren’t we all looking for the place where we can relax? Aren’t we all looking for the great, AHHH..?
We are looking for the place where we are content in our efforts; so, we have searched for this rest in so many places that have left us disappointed, disillusioned, and dismayed. The search has been in drugs, porn, or money. The search has taken on the armor of pride, aloofness, and urgency. We are stained and broken, defeated and confused. But we are not without hope.
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Remember, there is something inside us that has bred in us the search. There is a reason we look for contentment, it is God, our Creator. God has created within each of us a drive that seeks to find fulfillment. It is a fulfillment that can only be quenched by what it was designed for. You and I are designed by God, for God! So the prophet records the very words of God and heralds “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” The Lord is the beginning and end to our journey. He is the great, AHHH..! God has made us “divine seeking missiles”, with gyroscopes that are set in balance by the target of our Maker. What are you looking for? God!
Till next week, God willing-Pastor Brad
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.