An army General was walking around the base one day and saw soldier acting oddly.
The soldier picked up a piece of paper off the ground. Looked at it. Frowned. Shook his head. And said, “That’s not it.”
This same scenario was frequently repeated every day for some time. He would pick up some random scrap paper and mutter, “That’s not it.”
Finally, his commanding officer sent him to the base psychiatrist for a mental evaluation. After extensive testing, it was determined the solider was mentally imbalanced and was given a medical discharge.
The next day the soldier picked up his discharge papers, looked them over, smiled and exclaimed, “That’s it!”
We tend to find in life what we’re looking for.
What are you seeking?
The Bible issues these imperative exhortations regarding what we seek.
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you,
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
So, who and what are you seeking?
Are you seeking spiritual things or carnal things?
Are you seeking to gratify the lusts of the flesh, or to nourish the desires of the spirit?
Are you seeking to please men or God?
Are you seeking to build, or to destroy?
Are you seeking to get even, or get right?
Are you seeking to justify your sins, or to rectify your wrongs?
Are you seeking to enrich your marriage, or to ruin your relationship?
Are you seeking to take, or to give?
Are you seeking material wealth or spiritual treasures?
Are you seeking to prove you’re right, or to be righteous?
Are you seeking to grow, or to be content with the status quo?
Are you seeking happiness or holiness?
Are you seeking respect or just attention?
Are you seeking the best in others, or only looking for the worst?
Are you seeking the Truth, or satisfied with what you’ve always believed?
God has placed within each us the desire to seek something better. Greater. Higher. And nobler. Something bigger and beyond self and selfish ambition. The American-born, British investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton put it this way: “God’s creative method is movement, change, continuing search, ongoing inquiry. Those who seek are rewarded.”
Twenty centuries ago Jesus of Nazareth challenged His disciples not to worry about tomorrow, worldly possessions and provisions, or to seek the things that pagans seek. Rather to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33).
Today He reassuringly promises, “Seek, and you will find” (Matt 7:7).
What are you looking for?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman