Everybody loses some thing sometime. The question is how hard do you try to find it? If I’ve lost my stapler, I’ll often just dog-ear the corner of the papers and figure I’ll take care of it when the stapler shows up. If I’ve lost my red sweater, I’ll search for a while, then put my black sweater on instead. The black one looked OK but it wasn’t what I wanted. But yesterday I lost my car keys and everything came to a stop because I wasn’t going anywhere without my keys. After hunting in all the usual places, asking everyone in the house if they’d seen them, we began an all-out man hunt for my keys. My sister-in-law found them on the floor of the car. Fortunately, the keys weren’t going anywhere and neither was I until I found them.
Here’s the next question. What do you do when you lose sight of God? I’m not saying you lose God- He’s still there- you’ve just lost sight of Him. Like you, I know that through my salvation I am nestled in the right hand of God and He’s not letting go of me. Whew. That’s a relief. But even with the assurance of my salvation, I have found myself wandering away from God until at some point I can’t see God anywhere. He hasn’t lost me but I’ve lost sight of Him. My view of God might be blocked by looking only at my troubles, my temptations or even myself.
So back to the first question: When you lose sight of God, what do you do to find Him? Do you move on without Him like me and my stapler? Do you settle for second best like my black sweater or like my keys, do you begin an all-out manhunt, being unable to move on with Him?
Feeling like you can’t see God is a terrible place to be but there’s good news. Listen to Psalms 9:10: “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” What a relief! God will not forsake you as you seek Him. But the psalmist here is not talking about seeking God casually. The word “seek” in this verse means to “seek with care”. Seeking God is not casual; it’s focused. When your view is filled with troubles, look for God in their midst. When your view is blocked by temptations, look for the Lord’s escape plan. And when your view is filled with yourself, push to make Christ larger and you smaller from moment to moment, and day to day.
Treat the Lord like your car keys, hunt for them far and wide and don’t go anywhere until you find them. And I’m sure you’ll discover the same truth I did- God never moved- You did.