But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)
Maybe you’re like me and you played a game when you were younger (or, even older) called “Hide ‘n Seek.” Here’s a quick refresher. The game can be played with one other person, or a multitude of people. One person is the seeker. Their job is to find all of the others. The job of everyone else is to hide, and stay hidden, in such a way that the seeker does not find you. There are many variations of the game from that point forward. Since I was a super skinny kid, I could hide in a lot of places that seemed impossible to squeeze into.
However, I was not a very good seeker. I would make too much noise or would be oblivious to the foot sticking out from behind the window drapes, or some other mistake. I rarely found anyone I was looking for. After a while, I’d get really frustrated that I wasn’t just losing the game, but that I was utterly failing at it. Eventually, I’d be a poor sport and quit because things weren’t turning out my way.
As I got older, I figured something out. I needed to look everywhere, not just the obvious places. I needed to sweat the details, check every nook and cranny. I had to focus my attention on the little things. When I got this concept, I began to succeed in my seeker quests.
Unfortunately, sometimes this idea of quitting because we can’t quite figure out God, or His path, or His direction, or whatever, creeps into our lives. Far too many people have stopped seeking after God because things got hard, and they were struggling to find the answers they were seeking. But, here’s the deal. Are we truly seeking Him?
You see, seeking after God means you sell out. You have to give it your everything. You have to sweat the details, look for the small stuff that you’ve overlooked a thousand times. As our verse today states, “if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Notice that phrase, “heart and soul.” In other words, you need to sell out on finding God and discovering His ways. You need to truly spend time following after Him, seeing new things for the first time. You need to continue to seek. Every day is a new game. There’s new stuff to discover. In short, never stop seeking after God. If you do this, you will find him.