Genesis 3:8-9 NIV
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
The sought is also a seeker.
Luke 19:1-4 NIV
1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
Luke 19:5-7 NIV
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
Long before we begin to seek God, God has already begun to seek us.
God’s compulsion to seek us is based solely on His choosing to love us.
Luke 19:8-9 NIV
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
Luke 19:10 NIV
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
In Your Presence, God, we light the second candle of Advent.
Today we hear the voices of shepherds—watchmen of a flock who became seekers of a King, proclaiming:
“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:15-17)
What started as an ordinary night of work turned into an
extraordinary adventure into the unknown. Shepherds willing to leave what they knew, risking everything, to seek God in the flesh who came to seek us.
This Advent, we open our lives so that we may be both the seeker and the sought:
The Always Seeking God, may we be willing to leave the known to seek Your presence in places less secure and comfortable. Like the shepherds, we will keep watch so that we might welcome those who our Good Shepherd seeks, just as He sought us. Amen.
What do you think it would have been like to be a shepherd in search of Jesus? Looking through the Gospels, how do you see Jesus seeking others? What does it look like for you this season to seek God? Who is God seeking that He wants you to spend time with this week, revealing His love?
Spend time this season seeking those who our society often forgets and ignores. Join family and friends to visit a shut-in, feed those experiencing homelessness, invite a refugee/immigrant over to participate in a family Christmas tradition, or help parents with a child with a disability.