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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190 thoughts on "Seek the Lord"

  1. Rebecca G says:

    Let’s use this Christmas season to find stillness with God. Embrace every part of who Jesus is and this gift we’ve been given! ❤️
    So blessed to have the opportunity to do this study. Glad to be doing it with all of you!

  2. Brandi Young says:

    Needed this tonight! So much!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Her discussion of “Where do I seek God” was so beautiful and moving to me!

    1. Caley Reeves says:

      Agreed! And I had never thought of it as doing the things he’s called us to do, or caring for others, is a place to seek Him and find Him.

  4. Sarah W says:

    In the glory of your presence I find rest for my soul.

  5. Erica Forkner says:

    John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

    I so resonate with this because when we choose to embrace the truth of Scripture, life around us starts to change. Not that it’s a magical, everything-is-fine-now attitude, but we become the fragrance of Christ to those around us and in those situations in which we find ourselves. He gives us these springs flowing from within us to point us and others back to him, the ultimate source.

  6. Katherine Walmer says:

    Being still can be challenging for me, this was a good reminder to rest and quietly find peace and joy ✨

  7. Carol Ross says:

    My first Advent study and I love it.

  8. Sarah Bowman says:

    Lord, I need stillness with you. Amen.

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