Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 16, 2014

March 16, 2014 “Getting In The Game”

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. God’s Decree.” (Jeremiah 29:13- The Message Bible)

Good morning and Blessed Lord’s Day Everyone!

Like most kids, I grew up loving to play “hide and seek”. My brother and our friends especially loved playing it outside on a summer’s night. There were some many great places to hide, and stealthily sneaking back to “home base” before being located was also great fun. In a way, God plays a little “Hide And Seek” with us. In fact, he invites us to join in the game. More than once in scripture, He invites us to seek Him out. Here in Jeremiah, we discover his invitation. He wants us to join in this great journey of spiritual discovery. He says “When you come “looking” for Me you will find me. When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” That is a direct invitation from God to get in the game, isn’t it? Jesus says something quite similar in Matthew 7:7,  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. It’s His invitation for us to “play”. Yes, there are hidden things about God…treasures to be discovered by those intrepid enough to accept His invitation to get in the game. Philosopher Soren Kierkeggard calls prayer “a silent surrendering of everything to God.” I find it interesting that in this case, surrendering doesn’t mean we give up the game, but that we submit to his invitation…we seek and we find…we knock and the door is opened…we ask and it is given. Get in the game. There are so many wonderful discoveries to be made as you do. Seek, knock, ask…pray! Let’s pray!

Great God; today we seek you earnestly. today we knock with persistence on the door…today we ask intently. We want to know more of You. We want to discover more of the richness and the splendor of Your presence. We want to experience more of your abiding presence in our lives. Fill us with the newness of life in You, we pray, in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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