How to search and find God 100% of the time
SEARCHING FOR GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Like many of us today Jobs search for God in his time of need in Job 23:11 expresses how one may feel emotionally but does not reveal where they are in reality to God. Whenever a person can locate themselves they will most certainly locate God. When a person cannot locate where they are mentally, financially, physically, relationally they will search for God in all of the wrong places. People today try to find God in religion but he is not there because religion is man’s way of trying to find God apart from Jesus Christ.
The Scribes and the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day were the most religious people of their day. They prayed, fasted, gave alms to the poor, attended the synagogue regularly but they left out the most important thing… Jesus! Jesus said in John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father (God) but by me. From the very beginning God always demanded that man take the responsibility of locating himself even asking Adam the first created being the question, Where are you? Because Adam disobeyed Gods command of not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he could no longer locate God, in fact when God came toward him and Eve during the cool of the day they hid themselves among the trees of the garden so God could not find them.
How many people today complain that God was not there or there is no God or where is God, when in fact they keep hiding from Him as He continues to approach them in love. They continue to see God in the tragedies of life when the bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from above. God gets the blame for every terrible thing that happens in life and it is simply a person’s search for God but looking in all of the wrong places. It makes no sense to hide from who needs to be located. The key to locating oneself is to remember and act upon what the bible says. For Adam it was remembering what God had told him not to do and to repent for doing it and return back to proper relationship with God. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)and sin continually blocks a person from finding out who they are, where they are, and where they are going in life. Luke 24 gives the account of the faithful women who went to anoint the body of Jesus in the tomb only to find his body missing when they got there.
They were looking for him in the wrong place searching for a risen and alive Lord in a dead place where corpses remain. They could not locate Jesus because they could not locate themselves. They were emotional and grief stricken because Jesus was dead in their mind, but the angels gave them a chance to become responsible from a true sense and not just from an outward duty. They challenged them to “remember” what Jesus had said to them in Galilee how he was going to be killed but rise again the third day. The challenge for people today is to remember what God’s word says and act upon it to locate themselves and surely the Lord will be located.
· The key to victory in any area is locating yourself and knowing where you are. For example where am I financially? I must do the painful task of gaining a thorough knowledge of how much debt has accumulated and devise a plan to get out.
· For a troubled relationship it would be to communicate to find out where the relationship really is and to work on the problems.
· For a personal relationship with God it would be to honestly examine one’s life with the bible and to repent of sin if that is the case or for a person just coming to God to ask Jesus to come into one’s life according to Romans 10:8 -13.
Biblical references to finding God
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9
"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. John 3:16
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17
Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3