Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Why Does It Take So Long To Find God?

Many people looking for God start to wonder if he is there or if he can't be found. The doubts cause them to consider giving up on God.

"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him." Isaiah 30:18.

As much as we long for God he longs for us more. He desires to be gracious, forgiving and kind. There is a barrier between us and him called sin and he longs to see that barrier removed. His longing has caused him to act and do what we could not- he provided the way of salvation that we could never earn or merit.

The gracious acts of God are his kindnesses that we as sinners do not deserve. We do not deserve the Father's sacrifice of his one and only son on the cross to pay for our sins. We do not deserve that he would do everything for our salvation and then give it to us freely as a gift paid for by Jesus's blood.  He made the way as Jesus made clear when he said, "I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the father but by me." John 14:6.  It is because The Lord is gracious that we can hope to find him.

Because He is a God of justice he demands sin to be paid for but as a God of mercy and love he sent his son to be that payment. "For the son of man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45. 

This Bible encourages us that those who wait for the Lord will be blessed. We are impatient but God is different. We think because we have not understood him right away and experience a response from him right now then he is not there, or we have done something wrong. But God longs to be kind and forgiving; he longs to give us compassion but we must wait.

Our not giving up over a long time is a statement of faith and that is a demonstration of faith that he will reward and honor. The wait will be worth it, he will come into our lives and be the God we long for and need.

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