Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Seekers and Finders

Verse for Today: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Psalms 70:4 - Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified".

Those who seek God are always able to rejoice and be glad in Him because they always find Him. They that search for Him find Him near to themselves. When we knock at His door, the benevolent God always opens for the knockers. But if we seek after the 'gods' of this world, they cannot be found even though they make us believe that they are always available for us. They give us the illusion that they are there, but are only a shadow. They create their own mirages and give false impression of their existence, and utterly disappoint the seekers. They offer possessions, positions, prestige and prominence which they promise will satisfy us, but these will only make us thirsty for more and plunge us into perennial thirst. What they offer has a great price to pay, with our time, efforts, abilities and commitment, and yet what is offered gives utter frustration. What the world offers is something that looks real, but is only a shadow. Those who seek happiness sometimes go after the entertainments of this world and become frustrated because such happiness is artificial, hollow and momentary. They make people laugh at cheap jokes which are like a vapor or bubble that disappears within seconds. All the possessions this world gives look real, but are momentary and finally we have to leave it behind without even knowing as to who will enjoy it after we are gone. But what is found in God is everlasting, eternal and permanent. It never disappears over time, but stays with us in this world and is translated into eternity with us. King Solomon found this truth out very late in his life and so he only could lament about it at his twilight years. All through his youthful life, he ran after what the world could offer. He didn't use the wisdom God gave him and went after the mirages. But he had an opportunity to come back to his senses like the prodigal son and settle with God. But his father David knew very well that all who seek after God definitely and certainly find true happiness and contentment. Such people would be able to live a life of praise. They have the experience of magnifying the name of God who is the be-all and end-all of all that they are and have.

Dear friend, are you a seeker of true happiness and contentment? Do you knock at the door of the Lord each day for making you contented with what He has given you so that you could make your life one of perennial praise for this Lord? Have you lately been tempted to go after the mirages of this world which offer instant happiness through entertainment or technology to challenge your intriguing mind? You must realize that all that we see around is a passing show, vapor or smoke, and will disappear in no time and finally lead you to frustration. But all that the Lord offers is everlasting happiness which increases day by day in its intensity in your experience. This kind of a life of happiness is available to us if we seek the Lord because if we have Him who is the source of all bliss, we will have unexplainable joy and excitement starting with this life which will be with us throughout eternity. The Lord has abundance of happiness to give to those who seek Him and earnestly ask for it. The happiness that He gives is in spite of situations and circumstances. It is peace in the midst of storms and clouds. It is joy in the midst of the roaring of the enemies around to devour us. It is joy which replaces all our tears, fears and apprehensions. It is excitement about the experience of Heaven that we are able to enjoy even while we are here on earth. When we thus have the Lord and all His heavenly blessings in its fuller measure, we would be able to continue to praise Him and magnify His holy name, for He is the ultimate source of this happiness. Let us today seek all that we need from the Lord and receive it from Him by faith. Let this joy reflect in our practical lives for others to see so that they will also want to attain this happiness. Remember, He makes Himself available to any one who seeks His face.

Psalms 63:7 - For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

Thought for Today
He seeks and saves us so that we can search and find in Him true joy in life.

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