The history of man is the story of his quests, both generically and individually. His quest for knowledge, power, love, revenge, wealth, adventure etc. Some good, some bad. I believe that man’s greatest quest is to find God. Perhaps you agree with me if you are taking time to read this article.
In the journey of life we all embark on various quests, short and long term ones. The reasons are usually obvious, the quests often necessary. But why the quest for God?
I can suggest two of many reasons:
It is the only quest that fully satisfies. A rich man never has quite enough money, power corrupts, love fades etc. You can check this out for yourself.
We are designed by God and for Him. He is the pianist on our piano, the bow on our strings. Without Him there is no music and deep down we are aware of that.
So how do we go about finding Him?
• First of all we can search with confidence. He wants to be found. You are seeking but He is not really hiding at all. He is merely obscured. So the quest begins with our need to gradually identify the things that obscure Him. These obstacles will reveal themselves as we proceed in the quest.
• Give yourself the time and opportunity to learn about him from His creation. Take a few minutes to look at something small and beautiful. A flower or a tiny insect. Contrast this with something big and awesome. Try to imagine the Designer and ask yourself what you can learn about Him from his creation. God becomes much less obscure when you see, touch, smell or taste something He has made.
• Jesus of Nazareth told a God seeker called Thomas ‘ Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ Jesus is unique in his teaching, his life and his death. His words bring the search for God into sharp focus. Jesus taught relationship, not religion. Isn’t this what we are looking for – a God who wants to relate to us as we want to relate to Him?
The gospels of Mark and Luke in particular are simple eye witness accounts of Jesus’ life and teaching. A modern translation is an easy and informative read.
• Sooner or later you will need to visit a few churches. When people show an interest in you, as they will in an outgoing church, turn the tables and ask them to share their experience. Find out the result of their quest. Have they really found God or do they just think they have? But remember that every quest is unique to the seeker, as yours is to you.
With any relationship you want to pursue, you have to give it the opportunity to develop. As you continue to seek, God will become much less obscure. Make a regular appointment to meet with Him. Just 15 minutes out of your day. Talk to Him, read the Bible, listen and wait. Keep it going even if you think He has not checked in. He will. I can’t tell you how, that will be your story, but you will recognise Him when He comes.
The strange thing is, that when you do find him you will realise that this was not your quest for Him, but His quest for you. He had been there all along, guiding you in the right direction because, as I said at the beginning, He wants to be found.
The end of the quest will be the beginning of a relationship unlike any you have known before.