The Bible says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” That is utterly amazing don’t you think? This is telling us any and everything we need is available to us, and all we have to do is ask, seek and knock. Generally I think of our end of things when I hear this, but recently I started thinking about how God is the real seeker. If it wasn’t for him seeking us we couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to seek for him.
In the very beginning we see Adam hiding after he disobeyed, but immediately God comes seeking him. The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Amazing! God obviously not only knew Adam had disobeyed, but he also knew he would hide and try to cover it up. Rather than God waiting for Adam to come and apologize or seek forgiveness he made the first move. In fact God is always the one making the initial moves. Left to ourselves we would just continue to try and cover our tracks and hope for the best. God loves us so much he took the first step.
There are lots of people who have a skewed view of God. Do you remember what God told Adam about the forbidden Tree? He said, “The day you eat of it you will surely die.” I am a firm believer that in reading the Bible we can learn a lot from what is not said too. Notice God didn’t say, “The day you eat of it I will become angry and turn my back on you.” He also didn’t say to Adam “The day you eat of it you will be lost forever.” Now, He did say he would die, and this obviously means there would be a separation between him and God. The thing that is so beautiful about this though is when it comes to God anything is possible. God always has a way to restore us when we mess things up. What I want you to see is how good God is. He doesn’t hesitate to go looking for Adam even though he disobeyed a direct order. Sin definitely separates us from God, but God always points to the cross for reconciliation.
Jesus was the greatest seeker of them all. He said, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” If Jesus had a business card I think this might be what was written on it–Jesus-Son of God and Son of Man seeking and saving the lost since the dawn of time. Sometimes people will say, “I found Jesus or I found the Lord.” Well that’s nice but the truth is he found you because you were the one that was lost remember?
Have you ever seen the painting “The creation of Adam” by Michelangelo? The painting depicts God with his arm stretched out toward Adam and yet Adam seems to not really be reaching toward God. This to me is a perfect example of what I am talking about here. God is seeking and reaching out to man, but man isn’t putting forth any real effort at all. Proving once again, if God hadn’t been the initial seeker we never could have been found.
Written by Louie