I’ve always been fascinated with the complexities of being human. Our inner worlds are complex: layered, dynamic, resilient, yet at the same time, delicate. Our outer world, our eyes and face and body, adds a whole other layer of complexity. I often have more questions about human interactions than I have answers. The more I search for understanding the more I see how complex the whole thing is.
The idea of searching is talked about in the Bible a lot. Just a few verses are:
…, search your hearts and be silent.
…and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
And if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
I Chronicles 28:9
If you seek him (the Lord), he will be found by you;”
There are also a lot of verses about God “searching” for us as a shepherd searches for his sheep; or God searching our hearts and motives (i.e. I Chr. 23: 9)
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
I think there are many reasons why God is so positive about “searching”. Here is my take on just a few (there are probably more!):
- He loves the journey of life as much as the end product.
- He knows we don’t know it all and is perfectly fine with that.
- He wants us to search for him in all things and what we need to know about him, ourselves and others will fall into place. We learn to trust God in the process of searching, and being silent, and waiting on him.
- We get to experience his gentleness as he slowly reveals truth to us.
- When we trust God in our searching, we experience God as loving and happy.
One thing is for certain, searching for God and letting him search us, leads to good things. The prophets “searched intently and with the greatest care (I Peter 1:10). I think that sounds like a good idea! Maybe McLane Church is really a community of “searchers”! If we are, then I think good things will continue to happen…in us and through us.