Many people are seeking spiritual fulfillment in today's world. You can see it on their faces in the grocery lines or wherever people congregate. The question is, are they sincerely seeking God or trying to find an alternative? Let's examine what a true seeker of God is:
People sometimes get hung up on the Bible because there doesn't seem to be enough information for them in it. One person I talked to had a question in the book of Genesis, so i referred her to John 20, where John tells us not everything was written down that Jesus did, but what was written is enough for us to believe--or disbelieve. The same is true of the rest of the Bible, God has given us what we need to believe, and the rest is in the faith realm.
As humans, we use faith everyday of our lives, believing for a new house, car, or whatever is on our list to purchase. Before we get that exquisite item, we can just 'taste' it, because it occupies so much of our thoughts. Isn't that faith? You save and scrimp so you can get that purchase, but in the meantime you can see it in your mind's eye. You know all of its good qualities and can tell someone about it at a moment's notice.
Yet, when God asks us to have faith, we balk, and say He hasn't given us enough information. If everything was laid out for us in this respect, there would be no mystery or adventure in knowing God. Think about when you married your spouse. Did you know every last detail about them? I don't think so! My wife and I still find out new things about each other even after 30 years of marriage. The same is true with God. The deeper you go in getting close to Him, the more you find out about Him and you appreciate Him more and more as time goes by. If we knew it all at once, we would be bored with God like many of us are in the natural world with other things.
Jeremiah 29 tells us "....if you seek me earnestly with all your heart then you will find me." . Do you want to find the God of the Bible or are you looking for a cheap substitute because you don't like His 'brand'. It is not supposed to be like shopping for pudding, if we don't like one brand we can buy another. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Anyone who wants to come to the Father must come through Me." That is pretty clear.
Perhaps we have been hurt by someone calling themselves a Christian, so we want nothing more to do with that God of the Christians. Do you know that 82% of people in America call themselves Christians. Yet, if we compared what the Bible says is a Christian to what they believe, that number would be much less. When someone says they or others are Christians, I do what Jesus said, "by their fruit you will know them." Are they living a Christina life, a life of love and peace in God or doing something else.
If you went to the grocery store looking for apples, and all they had were oranges you would not buy them even if someone told you they were apples, would you? You know what apples are like and you know what oranges are like, so you can't be fooled on that subject. But when someone says they are a Christian, do you look at their lifestyle to see if it is true? It is wonderful if this is true, but what if it is not?
Another person I spoke with was putting down God and saying the Bible was not true and verbiage along that line. I finally asked him if he had ever read the Bible and challenged God to reveal Himself to him as he read? He said he had not! That is where I left the conversation.
` Have you been honestly seeking God or some alternative? Have you really, earnestly searched for Him or just half-heartedly? I challenge you to seek God with your whole heart, and then you will find Him. Remember that God loves you, and welcomes honest questions from you. But don't let the enemy of your soul make questions an excuse for not coming close to God. You don't need to know everything before you find God, In time, you will know more and more of the answers you need if you seek out the true God. God knows whether you really want to find Him.
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