How often does this happen to you? You get home from work, you’ve had dinner, and finished working around the house, you sit down in your recliner and reach for the TV remote and it is nowhere to be found. The funny thing is you just had it in your hand yesterday evening sitting in the same chair watching TV before you went to bed.
So what happened to the TV remote? Did it grow legs and walk away on its own? Did a sink hole suddenly open up under your living room coffee table swallow up your remote and close up again before anything else fell in? Perhaps the dog ate it, she has never done anything like that before but hey, maybe today was the day. No, it was not any of those things, like the end of a good game of Clue, it was the kids, in the living room, with the TV remote.
At this point I begin searching in the couch, around the couch, and under it. I looked in and under all the furniture in the living room and no remote. I line the kids all up and proceed to question them like it’s a police lineup. No one knows what happened to it, they didn’t see it. After searching for 15 minutes still no remote. Then one of the kids says, “oh yeah, it’s in the kitchen.” Obliviously, it would be in there because there’s no TV in the kitchen that would have been the first place I should have looked.
Someday I’m going to train the dog to find the TV remote for me. It’s amazing how she gives me her undivided attention when I have a treat in my hand. She listens to me so well when I have something for her. She pays no attention to anyone else in the room as long as I have that treat. As soon as I give it to her she eats it and then walks over to my wife and wants to sit with her. My dog is just seeking me for the treat that I have — once she has it, she walks away.
It makes me wonder, do we treat God like that? Are we seeking Him for who He is, or for what He can give us? Do we seek God for health, wealth, and prosperity, or treat Him like a genie in bottle who we can get something from? If we are seeking God for things then we will forever be seeking. You see there is a void in our lives, it a God-shaped hole that only He can fill. The more we try and try to fill that hole in our lives with stuff and things, the more empty we will feel.
We seek for purpose and meaning in things that cannot fulfill. Man’s desire is to search for the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes 3:11 states, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
We have that a deep desire to search for meaning in our life. God wants us to seek Him out. Acts 17:27, tells us that, “God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us.” God is not hiding. He want us to search Him out. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
What are you seeking from God? Are you searching for what He can give you? Are you searching for meaning in your life? Perhaps you are searching for direction or purpose. When I was younger I felt like my life was nothing more than a rat race. I would get up, go to work, come home, go to bed and do it all over again the next day. I felt stuck and felt I was going nowhere, then I asked God is there more to life than this? Then I read Jeremiah 29:11–13, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Maybe you are looking for acceptance and love. But you’ve been hurt, so many times, and question if anyone will ever love you. Life has not really gone how you had hoped it would, a bad decision here, a wrong choice there and you feel like your life is way of course. What if I told you that God loves you no matter what. He cares for you and He accepts you. The Bible tells us in Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Even in our broken and lost state God loved us and wanted to save us. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven.
Are you willing to accept Him? It’s easy to do all you have to do is to ask God to forgive your sins, believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and confess Him as Lord of your life. The Bible tells us in, Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” And in, Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The Rev. Jason Sheets wrote this week’s Pastor’s Column. He is the pastor of Avlon United Brethren Church, Bremen.