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Be a Seeker

• Savannah Coleman • Psalm 119:1–20, Jeremiah 29:10–14, Luke 19:10, Psalm 105:1–5

 

Do you ever have those days when you try to pray, but it seems like God just isn’t listening? What can we do when those moments come? We might be tempted to give up in despair, or we can choose to push through and keep seeking. I encourage you: be a seeker!

 

God’s Word has plenty to say about seeking—and for good reason. We all go through times when it seems like God is closing His ears to our cries. I think we need to be reminded to keep seeking Him—instead of just focusing on our feelings or our circumstances.

 

In Psalm 105, the psalmist urges us to praise the Lord and tell others what He has done. When we glory in His name, our hearts can let go of the things that trouble us. We can rejoice as we seek Him, no matter what surrounds us. This psalm reminds us to “look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (verse 4).

 

Psalm 119 urges us to keep God’s commands and seek Him with all our hearts. We may not always feel God’s presence, but we can still choose to seek Him and obey Him regardless of how we feel. One of the main ways God reveals Himself to us is through the Bible. He invites us to hide His Word in our hearts and meditate on His ways. When we open His Word, we can pray along with the psalmist, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (verse 18). God loves to answer this prayer, and He longs for us to come close to Him (Luke 13:34).

 

Many people like to quote Jeremiah 29:11, when God speaks to His people exiled in Babylon, saying, “For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” However, the following verses are also powerful: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” (verses 12-14). God promises that, when we come to Him, He will listen to us. When we seek Him, we will find Him.

 

Jesus echoes this amazing promise in Luke 11 when He says, “Seek and you will find” (verse 9). And then, only four chapters later in Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables about how God seeks us. When you feel like you just can’t seek anymore, think about how God seeks after you and pursues you. He never gives up. He is always waiting for you with open arms. • Savannah Coleman

 

• How might reflecting on God’s passion for you give you the courage to seek after Him?

“For the Son of Man [Jesus] came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV)

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Faithful

• Enid Adah Nyinomujuni • Genesis 12, Hebrews 11:8, 2 Timothy 2:13

Abraham is known for his obedience, faith, and trust in God. When God called Abraham (or Abram) to leave his homeland, he obeyed. It took a lot of trust for Abraham to leave his native land, not knowing where he was to go (Hebrews 11:8). He left his father’s house and relatives and went with his wife, Sarah (or Sarai), to Canaan. This was a point of strength in Abraham’s walk with God.

However, in another incident, Abraham seemed to lose his faith and trust in God. When there was a famine in the land of Canaan, it was a time of danger and uncertainty. Abraham decided to go to Egypt, and he told Sarah to lie—to say that she was not his wife. Abraham was afraid the Egyptians would kill him and take Sarah, since she was a beautiful woman. So Sarah was taken into Pharaoh’s palace. This was a point of weakness in Abraham’s walk with God, as he failed to trust God to protect him and Sarah.

So we see a man who once walked with God in obedience, faith, and trust, now relying on his own strength and wisdom. He wasn’t relying on the God who had promised to bless him. But God remained faithful. He rescued them by inflicting diseases on Pharaoh and his household. And God continued to keep His promises.

In our own walk with God, there are times when our faith in God seems so robust that we can trust and obey Him in whatever He tells us to do. But, at other times, we are filled with fear. Especially in times of danger and uncertainty, we might doubt that God is really good and trustworthy. When we stop relying on God, we fall into sin—saying and doing things that go against God’s good ways. But even when we mess up, God remains faithful to us.

When we are afraid, we can turn to Jesus. His love for us is sure. Before He went to the cross, He said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27). We can rely on Jesus to keep His promises. He rose from the dead— defeating sin and death once and for all—and when He returns, we will live with Him forever. Until then, He gives us the Holy Spirit, who helps us learn to trust Him even in times of uncertainty. • Enid Adah Nyinomujuni

• Even if we mess up, we are not failures. How might Abraham’s story give you hope?

• When it’s hard to trust God, who are fellow Christians who can encourage and pray with you?

 

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful. 2 Timothy 2:13a (NLT)

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