At my second church, I started a Wednesday night Bible Study group called ‘the Seekers’. We gathered at the parsonage, next door to the church. Invited people from the neighborhood to join us. All would be welcome. Unfortunately, decades before, the governing board had rejected people from our racially-mixed neighborhood. Because of their color only, they could not be part of the church family. The community was changing. The church leaders were not.
But I love a challenge. I’ve learned that about myself. One church I served was well-organized, had lots of members and programs with ample giving, which totally bored me! What? You read it!
I love to see what God can do, when otherwise it appears helpless and hopeless. Seeking His direction and His will. That’s how our Bible study got its name. Seekers. I sought out lots of people. No limitations applied while I was pastor. None.
Our group consisted of college students, teens, new converts to Jesus, people from India and the Caribbean, mixed-race couples, the elderly–basically anyone seeking to know the Lord better, getting closer to Jesus. Seekers!
1 Chronicles 13 offers a sobering reminder about seeking the Lord. King David wants to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. What’s the Ark?–a large wooden box containing those 10 Commandments given to Moses by God. Also, the Ark symbolizes God’s presence with His people.
David seeks the Lord–‘Let us bring the Ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul’ (v.3). What? All during King Saul’s reign, the Ark was ignored. A nod in God’s direction never crossed their minds. Not seekers, that bunch. God’s people had turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to their Lord.
But just them, right? Couldn’t be us! No way! Fat chance! How foolish when we cut down on our time in God’s Word. Or pray only during some dire emergency. Is that smart? When I’ve taken that path, and sadly I have, it only leads to bigger messes. Going MY way. Prayer as a last resort. Turning to Jesus only when convenient or desperate.
Am I alone? Wish I was. You know when you’re seeking His direction for the next turn in your life. No mystery if we’re honest with ourselves…and with Him. Seek the Lord. GPS–God’s Positioning System! Be a Seeker…of Him! Always!
Prayer: Lord, we know how important it is to follow you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.