By: Rocco Richardson
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.
In many ways and many opportunities we find that we must always have a heart in which we desire to seek our Lord. We have so many tempestuous things in which we can find our hearts longing to hear and obey the Lord. I want to bring a testament of an example of seeking the Lord while he may be found in a practical application
One day out of nowhere I heard in my spirit that I needed to re-connect. I was hit with a neurological attack due to meningitis and during this bout of sickness I realized more about the connectivity of our nervous system and its mechanism. I began to understand the design of our nerve endings connecting to the brain and its task of connecting our emotions, our senses and just about everything else. What I found was how I had become disconnected not only in my body functions but spiritual as well. There was however one connection I was not expecting and that was in relationships. You see it is easy to love and connect to those in whom we have no ought or hurt feelings toward. But, it’s not so easy to do so with those who have hurt us, or someone who is close to us. As I began to pray for my own illness I heard the Spirit of the Lord say get re-connected. I began to face my own heart and those whom I had disconnected from.
I found one person in particular that I knew was an outcast by many of my own family members. I knew that to re-connect to that person would present a challenge for me because of those close to me. I had to make a decision to do what was right in the sight of God or to follow my hurts, and disappointments and just let it be and settle for the humanistic view that says God knows my heart and therefore I have forgiven and been forgiven and am not required to do anything further. If we could only understand how blessed we are that Jesus didn’t have that same attitude or mindset. Instead he did something and still does today. You see forgiveness and release was not only for me but fore the person in which I laid my life down for. I knew in my heart that my spiritual growth was weighing in the balance waiting for me to do something or nothing. I am so glad I chose Life.
I chose to seek the Lord while he may be found. Jesus by his spirit is continually breaking the bondage of the influence and deceitful grip that the wisdom of this world has on us. The Lord desired of those whom would follow Him in His Love to publicly acknowledge Him. You see this truth wasn’t just for me but for all of us who seek and obey. This wasn’t anything new under the sun but it was a window of opportunity to please our Lord and liberate or release Him in our lives. After all we are the ones who claim him as Lord and consider ourselves to be ambassadors of His truth.
The relationship between the person I reconnected to; began to blossom once again and our love for each other was free to fill our hearts once again, as well. I thank God for the opportunity and the challenge of laying down my life for his sake. Obedience is better than sacrifice and I understand more now that there is a timing element in which divides obedience from sacrifice. You see that person is now gone to be with our Lord and Savior and the door of opportunity came and now is gone. This does not imply that Jesus does not love or dwell in the midst of us anymore. It shows us that in our hearts we must seize every opportunity during the time of His visitation. It definately brings us closer to Him if we obey in a time that Jesus can be found in a and during a unfortunate circumstance. Judgment is evidenced by what we honestly feel in own hearts. Guilt, shame, and regret lurk in the background waiting for its opportunity to take hold of us. Timing is of the essence when we know we must do his good pleasure. Wasting time, by debating can rob us of pleasing the Lord in his appointed timeframe.
That is why I wanted to present this powerful and yet provoking truth; and that is to “Seek the Lord while he may be found” In our lives we have many opportunities to make a difference in someone else’s life including our own. God opens those opportunities in order to bring us unto himself. When we do good will toward others we do so as unto the Lord. And we are set free because whom the Lord sets free is free indeed. As a practical approach we can see the words “free indeed” as we look closer we can see “in deeds” of obedience we are set free. Just a thought…