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Seek and ye shall find
February 21, 2011
by Pastor G. Koivukangas, Laestadian Lutheran Church, Cokato

People have sought out God at all times and in all cultures.

Atheists claim that there is no God. Apparently, they base their beliefs on the premise that no one has seen God and, therefore, His existence cannot be proven. Atheists are seekers – even they seek God. They have merely strayed because they have sought him in the wrong way and in the wrong place.

We live during a time when many have strayed far away from God’s holy will and His Word. It is seen in the life of society. Corruption and dishonestly reflect the condition of our time.

Social justice is not always carried out correctly. People live immoral lives. The sanctity of marriage is trampled. A licentious lifestyle breaks up many homes and marriages.

In straying away from God’s holy values and Word, man loses his life’s equilibrium. It brings pain, distress, and insecurity to people’s lives.

Is man’s quest condemned to be a failure? It would be if the question were only a man’s quest. But, the Word of God tells us clearly that God seeks man. He wants sin-fallen man to find Him and to receive peace for his soul. Jesus says, “No man can come onto me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him.” John 6:44.

God went to seek the first human couple after they had fallen into sin. When they heard God drawing near, they were afraid and hid themselves. It is difficult for a fallen person to meet God, even though he may yearn for Him.

The prodigal son wanted to return home. It was not easy after everything that had taken place, but his distress drove him and the desire grew more urgent.

Man hears God’s seeking voice in his conscience. Through the conscience, God awakens a desire in man to go seek Him.

The psalm writers relate onto us of a gracious and loving God. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide, neither will He keep His anger forever. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” Psalm 103:8, 9, 13, 14.

There is grace and forgiveness in God’s kingdom here upon earth. The prodigal son felt joy when his sins were forgiven.

The Lord left His mission command here onto His own, “As my Father hath sent me, even so I send you.” John 20:21. “And that repentance and the remission of sins should be preached in His name among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” St. Luke 24:47

This loving call is yet heard through His own, repent and believe the gospel. God’s kingdom is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit. Finding it is such a great and marvelous miracle.

Seek, and ye shall find.