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. Tifany Grenier says:

    I’ve started late on this study but I’m loving every minute of it! This is what I’ve needed this Christmas season, a new tradition that’s for me alone away from the hustle and bustle of the wants of man. My husband and I have started an Advent devotion with our kids with the desire to teach them more about Jesus than how many presents they’re going to get under the tree. Thank you for making this available!

  2. John Delgado says:

    My beautiful daughter send me this and I think it’s beautiful it’s awesome yes I need to trust in the Lord he will guide my steps he’s always there and I must depend on him for everything

  3. Jessie Chambers says:

    Thank you Lord!

  4. Tahryah Wheeler says:

    I absolutely appreciate this study. It’s been a great way to start the Christmas season and I’ve been sharing it with my friends. This study has been keeping me focused on what’s most important during this time of year (and every time of the year) — The Word.

  5. Carley Taylor says:

    I love this and I needed this ❤️

  6. Emily Scott says:

    What a wonderful post; so perfect for this season in my life.

  7. Emily Rehm says:

    These scriptures just brought me back to the simple truths- that Jesus is near, his presence is accessible to all, and if I seek him I WILL find him. There is no formula I need to get right, there is nothing else I need other than Jesus himself. Thank you Lord. Thank you that you are enough and you are it. Will be clinging to these promises today… “you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace”! Ps 55:12

  8. Liz Taylor says:

    First, I want to say thank you to the ladies who have active duty husbands currently deployed. We don’t recognize you and thank you enough! I know I have fallen into the “double down on earthly solutions” trap. I pray that we will all find peace and rest in Jesus this season.

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