“And I Will Be Found of You”
Having nine children, there have been plenty of times when our youngest ones would enjoy blowing bubbles (I think at one time we even had an automatic bubble gun!) Of course, anytime there were bubbles floating around the room the other children would come and try to catch them. But as you know, bubbles don’t like to be caught and they would pop at the slightest touch.
In many ways, everything in the world that we might desire to “catch”—be it happiness, fulfillment, pleasure, or peace—ultimately ends up being just as elusive. No matter what we do to realize our deepest desires, we can never seem to truly find. Sure, there are moments of time when some of what our heart craves for seems to be within reach, but often it is temporary and fleeting.
King Solomon understood this when he wrote, “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 12:8). This is certainly the way life is “under the sun,” without any relationship with the God who made us. Have you ever noticed how that, the more we accumulate to ourselves—in a desperate attempt for meaning and fulfillment—the less fulfilled and happy we are? Many even seek out religion or a god of their imagination, but these too never truly seem to satisfy.
So, rather than reach out for the empty and short-lived bubbles our world floats passed us, we must turn our attention to the Word of God, the Bible, which points us to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD…” (Jeremiah 29:13-14).
Incredibly, the God of heaven wants to enjoy a close relationship with us; one that rests in Him for acceptance and one in which we love, obey and serve Him. And once Jesus is our Savior and Lord, it is essential that we continue to seek after Him, knowing that He will be found of us. You see, true and lasting joy, peace and fulfillment only come when we have Jesus.
Are you experiencing that closeness that Christ died to give you? Do you know His abiding presence in your life? Seek Him today!