“The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
These words provide additional encouragement for all who seek after God: he’s seeking us, even more than we are seeking him. In fact (truth be told), when people seek God, it’s a sure sign that God is already seeking them, or they would not be seeking him in the first place. Strange, but wonderful.
Look at the story about Zacchaeus, a tax collector. Zacchaeus was one determined God–seeker. He wanted to see Jesus. Not everyone did. Not everyone does today. Where did that impulse spring from? Certainly Zacchaeus was curious about the phenomenal miracle–worker that many people were talking about. But with him, it was something deeper. Seeing Jesus was so important to Zacchaeus that he dashed up the street to a tree that would help him get a better view and make up for his lack of height. Something deep in him peered down from that sycamore limb. It was something that all his wealth from collecting taxes had not satisfied. He longed for something, but he really didn’t know what.
Then this tenacious seeker got the sweetest surprise of his life: he was actually the one being sought out! The great Teacher had been looking for him, planning to come to his house that very day. Zacchaeus wasn’t so much a finder as one who was found. It’s every God–seeker’s story.
Eternal God, even as I seek you today, may I too make the joyful discovery that it’s been you, all along, searching me out to save me from being lost. For Jesus’ sake, Amen
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