Wednesday morning I needed to leave for a meeting. I thought Mr. Whiskers had come back inside, but I hadn't seen him for some time. The search began...on the beds, under beds, under dressers upstairs, couches and chairs downstairs - no cat. Before leaving I went back into one bedroom and there he was in plain view on a chair. I didn't see him because he wasn't in any of the places I expected. To spot him on that chair I had to look specifically across the high bed.
Our search for God is similar in some ways. He too may be right in front of us, yet we fail to see Him. We ask for a clear answer to a troubling problem and no apparent solution comes. If we can trust that He is working out every aspect of each situation we've given over to Him, the dilemma is settled as definitely as if He had answered in an audible voice. Whether or not we hear Him speak or feel His presence, He is with us.
Jesus said He was anointed to bring the good news of salvation, heal our broken hearts, give us the ability to see, free us from bondage. (Luke 4:18) I Peter 2:24 declares His stripes provide our healing. Sometimes we have to make a specific search, then apply the principle of Romans 10:9, to believe in our hearts that the need is met and declare it aloud.
Our God is not hiding. He is revealed in His Word, through His people, through divine circumstance, and in all He created. The fragrance of the mock orange blossom, a parking spot just where we need it, an unexpected gift, a scripture verse giving clear direction... our God is with us encouraging, comforting, leading. Jesus said the pure in heart shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) As we ask Him to make our hearts pure we will see Him more and more.
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