I have a burning need to know things. I’m a seeker of knowledge. I love new information, new facts, new skills—basically, anything that can make me better, stronger, or faster, I want it. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I actually just want to know everything, which is why I hate secrets, surprises, and some would argue, fun.
The point is, if there’s something I think I don’t know, I want to find out everything I can about it. There’s an aspect of this that works out really well for me when it comes to my faith. The Bible’s call to seek the Lord is very natural to me. I want to seek Him, to strive to know Him better and to grow to be more like Him every day. But it’s also a challenge. The way I’m wired might even be a danger to me in that I can easily twist the call to seek the Lord and turn it into a new form of accumulating information. Because I want to know all the things, that means I want to know all the things about God. (Sure, it may be impossible; but you can bet I will do my best to make it happen.)
You can see my dilemma, I’m sure. Seeking the Lord isn’t the same as seeking information about Him. You’ve read that, heard that, maybe even been taught that many times already. It’s been said so many times that it’s become a cliché. But it’s also true. Seeking the Lord is about knowing God, experiencing Him, learning more about who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus.
In Isaiah 55, we’re instructed to “seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near” (v.6). That’s the antidote for my tendency to seek to know more about God, rather than simply seeking to know Him. He wants me to be in awe of Him, and to know Him to whatever degree I’m capable.
And do you know how I know that’s true? Because of Christmas. One of the beautiful things about Christmas and the Advent season is that in Christ’s incarnation—His becoming a human being, being born as a baby boy to a girl named Mary—we see that God is the one who does the seeking. He came into the world to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). If Jesus came into the world to seek and find us, to pursue our hearts, even to the point of His death on the cross, how can I not seek Him in turn?
Written by Aaron Armstrong