Written By: Chris Mace
By nature we are seekers. We are curious about the spot where we can fit in and flourish because that place is not always obvious. So, we foray into possibilities – establishing our place among family, peers, relationships, and community as well as in business, trades, or professions, and even in the universe! Sensing there is more to life than what we are experiencing, we seek advancement, wealth, pleasure, power, security, and intimacy. Our needs, dreams, and desires motivate us, but we are not content when we fulfill them. We remain spiritually restless. What we really want, need, and work hard for are intimacy, joy, peace, meaning and purpose.
Christ addressed those anxiety producing issues in his Sermon on the Mount where he redirected his listeners away from worry and into prioritizing God, who sufficiency meets the needs of souls (Matthew 5-7): “… seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” he said. (Matthew 6:33-34)
We profess to want the truth about our place in the cosmos- about the meaning and purposes of why we are here. We formulate ideas and espouse or at least accept certain scientific, philosophic and theological concepts. Scripture reveals both hard facts about and wonderful solutions for our existence. Even without Scripture, it is evident that we live in a ”fallen world” with imperfect characters. Christ said he came to us because we are lost and need redemption and that he had come into this world so that we could know truth. “… For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37). Jesus also said that he came from God who is true and that he is Truth and Life and the only way to God (John 14:6).
As the living expression of God and the Good Shepherd of our souls, he is the redeemer who restores our relationship with God (John 10:14), gives rest to those who are “weary and carry heavy burdens (Matthew 11:28), and promises eternal life by God’s grace and our faith (Psalm 23) ( John 3:16) (Ephesians 2:8-9). He is the secure place to land our souls.
The Psalmist reassures us: “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18) In his Sermon discourse, Jesus also said, “…everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds…” (Matthew 7:7-8). God can be found; and when we land on Him, He will not let us go. We are forever secure. (Isaiah 55:6-7) (Acts17:27) (James4:8)