Seek & The Subsequent Challenge

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First of all, I may have a few more readers today so I need to state this first.  This blog is part experiment and part passion (which I believe the Lord is directing me to follow).  I’m writing my daily reflections on my experiences and readings from the Daily Office lectionary from the Book of Common Prayer.  I’m writing everyday, which is a challenge for me, but you may not read everyday.  We’re both free in Christ to write as much or as little as I choose and you to read the same.

Regarding today, I read Psalm 105.  The psalmist brought up the reality of seeking the Lord.  I love what this implies and what trouble may ensue.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. – Psalm 105: 4, 5

My wife and I know what it is to seek and find the Lord.  Jesus said the Father’s kingdom is at hand.  I always interpret that to mean his reign and rule is in arm’s reach.  The last few years, there’s nothing more important and life-giving to us than to seek and find the Lord.  The avenue for us has been worship.  When the psalmist says to seek his presence continually, my heart leaps.

“Oh, but what about my job and relationships?  I’ve got to spend time nurturing those.”  My answer is, “You can multitask.  Seek his face and sell widgets.  Seek his face and play with your kids or cook a meal.”  Seek his presence continually.  You’ll find him.

The psalmist then went on to give a micro-account of God’s history with his covenant family.  He alludes to the story of Joseph in prison in Egypt.

His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord kept testing him. – Psalm 105: 18, 19

Joseph could interpret dreams through the Lord’s help.  The dreams were prophetic.  He had a destiny to come of ruling and reigning.  But he ended up in prison.  The promises were still in play, but it was a challenge to still believe when he couldn’t have gone any lower than to be forgotten in an Egyptian jail.

When you seek the Lord with your whole heart, you find him.  My experience also shows that when you find him, he speaks to you and reveals in small and great ways your life, your destiny in him if you simply pay attention.

Seek him, you’ll find him.  Now, there is a difference between believing the revelation of Christ as your savior and the pursuit of a relationship.  A relationship is a day in, day out series of encounters, conversations, laughs, tears, thoughts and edges of growth.  In a true relationship, you change, you grow.  Our Lord wants his beloved to grow up and become more like Daddy, the Son and Holy Spirit.

In the relationship, Daddy speaks and promises.  We grow when we hear, believe and live faithfully as recipients of promises.  The challenge remains to stay faithful while the environment, circumstances and difficulties put pressure on us to stay focused on what our Lord has and continues to tell us.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. . .  Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking. – Colossians 2: 8-10, 16-18

Philosophies, traditions and a human way of thinking, not affirming our fullness in Christ alone, challenge our focus what the Lord promises.  Such wrestling matches are fruitless.

The encouragement in AALLLLL this scripture is to pursue our loving God who is close at hand and willing to convey his heartfelt desires to his children in promises and revelations.  Our place is then to face the challenge and tests to stay on task believing in what our Lord promises.

Steadfast love and faithfulness cover us.

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