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HIDE AND SEEK
by Brenda Libby
02/12/05
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Have you heard the story about the guy looking for his car keys? He's looking under a street lamp all around, another fellow comes up and asks what he's doing; "looking for my car keys", "oh, where did you drop them?" the other fellow asks as he starts looking too. "Over there." He states as he points way on the other side of parking lot. "So, why are you looking over here?" "The light's better".

Does that hit home with anyone about "seeking God?" A friend of mine and I were talking about God the other day. I asked how long she had been a Christian. She said, "Well, not really sure. I'm still seeking God". "How long have you been SEEKING Him?" I asked. "Oh about 10 years."

WHAT??!! Sometimes it takes me a little time to find my car keys or other things; selective memory. But come on, seeking God for ten years? What's up with that? God is not hiding, He is not lost, He's not stuck down in between the couch cushions. Now, I know that Proverbs 8:17 says; "..and those who diligently seek me will find me."

Diligently means carefully, purposefully not to look around and not find for a decade. If we truly want a relationship with God and we seek Him in His word we WILL find Him. When I first came to the Lord, some 29 years ago, I was lead to receive Him by a friend of mine in school. We did bible studies behind the school. I accepted Christ first and kept studying, and still do to this day. (Please don't get me wrong here, I have not been the epitome of a perfect Christian for 29 years, had my backsliding times believe me). There are people who investigate and research other religions, and other forms of "higher thought", even the occult because they are looking for something to fill the void in their lives-it's a natural thing I think-it's also free will.

My point here is, that we don't have to keep seeking. We "find" God, we either accept Him or we move along (for a time only hopefully). But I don't think we can spend our lives seeking HIM. We can spend our lives pursuing what He wants us to do for Him, how we will minister to those around us. Seek and ye SHALL find.

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