The faith life is not a static thing. Rather, it is dynamic, and the more vigorous it is the greater its influence will be in our daily lives.
The faith life is not a static thing. Rather, it is dynamic, and the more vigorous it is the greater its influence will be in our daily lives. We are told here in today’s passage, to seek two things: God’s strength and God’s presence. Without either we are, more often than not, lost and wandering aimlessly.
To seek is an active verb. A passive faith is no faith at all. It is a truism that a life well lived is an active life, a life full of vigor, intellectual curiosity, wonder, and real effort. The great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, began one of his books, The Nicomachean Ethics, with this sentence: “Man by nature desires to know.” It is in our nature to ask questions like, “Who is God? “ “What is the meaning of life?” “Why do we suffer?” “Is there life after death?” These questions arise out of our nature, which is, of course, from God. These are some of the most difficult and challenging questions we can ask. A question, though, implies the hope of an answer. The better our questions, the closer we come to finding the answers we seek.
To seek is to go in search of something, to go on a quest, to take on a difficult journey for something of great worth. What greater and more purposeful and more challenging quest is there for the human soul than to begin the lifelong journey toward God? What more valuable goal is there than to seek God’s presence in our lives, and to one day be in that presence forever?
Life is a quest. As in some of the great pieces of world literature, from the Gilgamesh, to Don Quixote, it is the quest that reveals the nobility of the character. The writer of Chronicles here is telling us that in order to live well we must “seek the Lord and his strength.” When we do, we will find that he is with us, and he will be our strength, our support, and our counselor every step of the way. Of course, God desires to be present to us at all times. His attentiveness to us is ever faithful. It is we who are often inattentive, even lost. When we willingly choose to take up the quest, to seek him out, the Lord will be found and his strength will be ours.
Lord, our hearts yearn for your presence. It is you and your strength that we seek. We are often distracted by the glitter and the charms of the world; help us to be aware of these times and encourage us to turn back and to seek only you. It is in this quest alone that we will find the happiness our hearts desire. We pray, as always, in the power of the name, Jesus. Amen!
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