God Seeks His Own
Written by Kim LaCoste   

Everyone is at a different point in his or her spiritual walk with God. Some are ahead, moving at a good pace, while others may be just getting started or has only been “walking” with God a short time. I feel for people who are spiritually brokenhearted and pray that he/she will seek the Lord before it’s too late. As the parable in Luke 16 teaches, it’s before one’s death that He must be sought. None of us should ever be in the same predicament as the rich man in hell pleading with Abraham. Granted, there is no hell, but that’s not the point of the parable. The point is, while we are alive, we have the opportunity to turn our lives around, not when we’re dead.

 

While studying the quarterly lesson for the Sabbath on May 16, there was a phrase that touched me, where the writer stated how God will go after someone to bring that person to Him; it was also stated that people write about seeking God, when it’s God who is seeking us.

 

Ezekiel 34:11 (KJV) states:

 

“For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”

 

When you think about the world we live in, it’s a blessing to know that God cares enough not to let us live in darkness. However, there is a footnote: we have to want to live in the light, as the Lord doesn’t force His doctrine on anyone. He gives us the choice. Once you’ve made the decision to walk with God, be assured in this:

 

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: the Lord knoweth them that are his…” (partial verse, II Timothy 2:19, KJV)

 

To give you an example, I recently had a situation at home where I’ve had to deal with vandals. I couldn’t understand why it was happening. Problems had happened before in 2012 and at that time, a co-worker told me, “Sometimes God allows things to get your attention. Maybe He just wants to spend time with you.”

 

I took those words to heart and began studying the Bible again. A few months passed and I asked Him to help me find a church. I had reached a point in my self-study where I needed to progress with my learning. As it turned out, He led me to Central SDA. So, when the problems at my house began to occur again, I couldn’t understand it – at first – but in one’s walk with God, you MUST be extremely honest with yourself. There is no such thing as a “spiritual loophole” with the Lord. He gives you time to do whatever you need to do to change, if you seek His help and be obedient to His doctrine, but don’t think for a minute that you can misuse His grace.

 

A thought came to me: I had begun to regress… I won’t say how I was regressing, but God knew it, so He used the same method to get my attention: He allowed some kid to throw rocks at my house. Writing that sentence almost makes me laugh, picturing the Lord Himself picking up a few rocks and throwing them at the house, saying “Kim! What are you doing? Get out of that darkness and come home.”

 

So you see, rather than let me fall, God sought me out. I love God with all my heart and I thank Him for what happened. He got my attention so that I didn’t go downhill. God didn’t allow the vandal to act as he did as a way to hurt me. The Lord was chastising me and as the loving Father that He is, He exercised a disciplinary measure on my behalf, which makes me think of the following:

 

“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (II Timothy 2:26 KJV)

 

I looked up at the sky once and told Him, “I love you more than you’ll ever know.” That sounds funny, doesn’t it? As if the Lord couldn’t know.  Blessed is the One who loves His children and seeks them out…

 

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