Day 2

Seek the Lord

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan


Isaiah 55:6-13, John 7:37-38, Matthew 11:28-30, Revelation 3:20, Isaiah 12:1-6

BY Claire Gibson

Recently, the New York Times published a story about the rise of anxiety among tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. These young executives believed that the technology they created would help save the world. But if the news is any indication, their technology hasn’t made good on that promise. In response, many sought counseling and benefited from therapy. And in the end, they turned back to what they do best—creating apps to help connect patients to therapists, the way dating apps connect strangers for blind dates. The article put it this way: “The cure for tech’s ills, they hope, is more tech.”

The truth is, I’m not all that different from those executives in Silicon Valley. I have blemishes on my face, so I buy some weird cream that promises to help clear my skin. When that makes me break out even more, I venture back to the store to find another snake oil to clear up the problem. And so on and so forth, ad nauseum, until my bathroom drawers are full of expensive products, none of which actually work. I double down on a solution that will never be a solution, refusing to embrace the truth: I need help. I need rest. The world needs saving, and we’ve looked everywhere, but we can’t find the savior.

Luckily, God hasn’t left us on our own. And if we seek in the right places, we will find. Not a technological solution to our problems and our anxieties, not a fix-all for our circumstances, not an acne-clearing miracle drug, or a cancer-curing one either. If we seek in the right places, we will find something far more true and valuable than all of those things. If we seek, we will find Him (Matthew 7:7). And He is what we need.

Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call to him while he is near.” The good news is that He isn’t hard to find. Where do I seek God? In His Word. In His Church. In the presence of the things Jesus tells us He loves—with children, the marginalized, the oppressed, the poor, the broken, and the lost.

And when I seek Him, what do I find? I find truth: God tells me I was known before I was even born (Psalm 139). God tells me that my life was not a mistake. That I am not defined by my worst day, that when I repent, He is ready and willing to forgive and lavish on my self-inflicted wounds the salve of holy compassion. God says that I can call to Him, and better yet, that He will answer (Jeremiah 33:3).

His greatest answer of all was in sending His Son Jesus—God with skin on—to show us what He is like (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus says He is gentle. Jesus says He is humble (Mark 10:45; John 5:19). Jesus says if I allow Him to be my teacher, I will find rest for my soul (Matthew 11:28–29). Is there anything a soul needs more than rest?

Here is my prayer: Lord, let us not double down on our own powerless strategies to infuse life with meaning. This Advent season, in the glow of holiday lights and festivities, help us focus on You and seek You above all else, and You alone. Amen.

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187 thoughts on "Seek the Lord"

  1. Amanda King says:

    12“For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
    the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
    – This is wonderful news for those who are mourning this season. A hope for joy to cover all of our woes! The whole earth will be rejoicing with us one day!

  2. Bonnie Cochran says:

    He is closer than the skin on my bones
    The breath on my tongue

    He is the most gracious and loving Father we could ever know

    What a sweet reminder today’s reading is

    1. Ada Anderson says:

      I love that! Yes what a sweet reminder that Jesus is close and we can find him!

  3. Molly Gilbane says:

    What a beautiful reminder that He is always near— always dear. We have many outlets in which we can seek Him— in His Word, in His church, and in the presence of those He loves. Lord, I come to you with an open mind and a willing heart. I desire to do more— to be more. To be a shining light— full of compassion and grace. As the new year approaches, Lord— I pray that it will be the best year yet. That I will break down walls and personal barriers in order to reflect Your light and love to those who need it most.

  4. Melissa says:

    I love these readings! And I love that the Bible verses are linked to a site where I can read them in various translations. I like reflecting on verses worded in various ways. That helps me understand and remember them more thoroughly. I’m so glad I found this Advent reading plan!

  5. Alexa Gilster says:

    I am an expecting my first child this Advent season, only a couple of months left to go and I have been filled with so much anxiety and so much loss in this season. This reading has been helping me through this last trimester and for the next season ahead. Definitely needed this study this Christmas.

  6. Kelly Johnson says:

    So excited to be referred to this community! Learned about it from Adrienne Houghton, Israel’s wife who is a Youtuber.

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