BY REV. JENNIFER HESEBECK - EXCELSIOR/ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES MILFORD UNION MEMORIAL CHURCH
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
I’ve just returned from a trip to Israel — a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a quest for knowledge, understanding and spiritual renewal. I was seeking God. I am ALWAYS seeking God. I find it strange (and sad) that so many people feel as though they are finished seeking God when they become a Christian. They’ve made a commitment to Christ, they’re saved, done deal. What if we approached other things in life that way?
“I showed up for the wedding, I don’t have to work on the marriage.” Or, “I got hired but don’t really need to go to work every day.” That’s not the way it works in life, and that’s definitely not the way it works with faith. We are on a continual journey, or quest – always seeking.
When you first become friends with someone, you don’t immediately know them completely. It takes years to know someone truly. I’ve been married to my husband for 27 years, we’ve known each other for 30. I know him pretty well (I can usually predict his behavior), but I’m still learning new things about him. A lot has changed since the day we met. As we go through different seasons, different challenges and joys, I see him from different perspectives — revealing parts of him I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Depth of relationship takes time, experience … and faith.
When we first encounter God, we don’t instantly know and understand Him completely. We get a feel for His love and grace, for His will and ways, and that understanding grows day by day, experience by experience … through faith.
It's our faith in God that propels us to seek Him out. That deep sense of knowing that whatever season or situation we’re in, God has more of Himself to reveal to us and express in us that He wouldn’t have been able to in other circumstances.
You've probably heard someone say, "Faith is a journey, not a destination." Well, there’s a reason you’ve heard that. It’s true. Faith doesn’t make robots who don’t have any independent thought or initiative. It asks questions knowing that there is more to learn. Faith has great expectations of hope and goodness. It seeks, studies, participates, has a go, keeps moving forward and looking for ways to journey down the path of God’s will and purpose. Faith has eyes and ears. It speaks and walks. It is the driving force of our "seeking."
Keep on seeking. There is more to know, there is more to experience, there is more of God to be revealed and expressed in you yet. And this season you’re in now, wherever you are, have faith that He’s right there with you beckoning you to seek Him out and find Him in this moment. You might see something you’ve never seen before.
Keep on seeking.