The promise of finding God is made from the place where we have gone astray. It is in a place of wandering that we hear the voice and promise of God. It comes when we need it most. The promise comes when the wanderer is in the worst place they could be…
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Dude in my church observed, “I didn’t know that God was lost…” Good point. He isn’t. In fact, we need to find God when we are lost, not when he is lost.
We love the promise from God that if we seek him we will find him if we look for him with all our hearts and souls. Great promise. Lean on it. Love it. Share it.
Okay. We need to look at the beginning of the verse. The promise starts with, “But if from there…” Where is Israel when the verse starts? Where are God’s people when they need this promise?
Well, the promise of finding God is made from the place where we have gone astray. After living in the promised land for a long time, when the people of God had borne children and grandchildren, God predicted that his children would become corrupt, worshipping idols, doing evil, provoking God. God further warned them that he would scatter them and still wander further from God.
It is from that place that this promise is offered to God’s people. It is from a place of wandering that we hear the voice and promise of God. Guess what? The promise comes when we need it most. The promise comes when the wanderer is in the worst place they could be.
We cannot wander from God so far that his promise isn’t available. He will be found by us. Even from the place of dark wandering. So if that is you today, be assured that God’s promise is available to you right now where you are. Wherever that is.
What should you do? Seek after him now with all your heart and soul. That doesn’t mean we need to be fixed before we come and find him. No. Find God while you are broken. God’s promise is given in your brokenness and wandering. Take him at his word. Where you are. Now