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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Painted gourd (Photo by Doris High)
gourd with Scripture
(Photo by Doris High, who along with her husband Cerwin, are local friends)

"Hide And Seek" (Part 2)

Message summary: Everyone is ultimately seeking something in life. Some seek fame, beauty, a muscular build or an attractive figure, others seek wealth, power, prestige and on and on the list goes. The main focus is the object of our seeking and to use the words of the Psalmist our highest seeking should be seeking God. "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after!" (Psalm 27:4).

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"'You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 29:13,14). "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

This two part teaching is in part prompted by observing our kitten Gracie, who likes to hide and she likes to seek.

Gracie watching video on phone
Three days after we got her on August 31st Ester had her playing on her phone, watching a fish video. Well, now she likes to watch cat videos on my big monitor screen, often interrupting me when I'm trying to type, since she must think I should always have fish swimming in my monitor. She jumps up on me and then to the desk and stares at the screen, initially chasing after the mouse pointer, but is really happy when I pause to open a cat video on the big screen!

Gracie with fish video

Yesterday we considered a vital "hide" in the spiritual discipline of hiding and seeking. We considered how we are to "hide" or internalize God's Word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). Today we consider what we are to "seek" or follow after.

"A famous story in the annals of physics tells of a 5-year-old Albert Einstein, sick in bed, receiving a toy compass from his father. The boy was both puzzled and mesmerized by the invisible forces at work, redirecting the compass needle to point north whenever its resting position was disturbed. That experience, Einstein would later say, convinced him that there was a deep hidden order to nature, and impelled him to spend his life trying to reveal it." (Brian Greene)*

Indeed Einstein famously spent his life seeking after scientific knowledge but only eternity will reveal whether he found the ultimate source of the "deep hidden order to nature". We know what that Source is don't we!

Everyone is ultimately seeking something in life. Some seek fame, beauty, a muscular build or an attractive figure, others seek wealth, power, prestige and on and on the list goes. The main focus is the object of our seeking and to use the words of the Psalmist our highest seeking should be seeking God. "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after!" (Psalm 27:4).

Today's first text is from a letter written by Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon which is recorded in Jeremiah 29. What a message of assurance during a dark time! In spite of years of rebellion and rejection the promise was, "'You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart'". That's a great promise for us to hide in our hearts and practice. May we have that word of blessed assurance today, “I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.”

The second text has likely been memorized by many of our readers. A song from the seventies was an aid to us in easily memorizing this verse. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” should be a lifelong pursuit. It is the main thing. We do that first, both in order and primacy, and all the other stuff of life will fall into place.

The final text we use today is another rather famous verse and likely memorized by many of our readers. Today we just focus on the last phrase, "He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”. That reward is presented to those who earnestly seek Christ, both present and more fully in our future life. Let us all be God seekers!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Holy God, I want to seek You above all others and above all other pursuits, for as long as I live. Thank You for the promise that when we seek You with all our heart we will find You. I want to have faith that pleases You. I do believe You exist and are a rewarder of those who earnestly seek You. Help me to seek Your kingdom first and foremost! Amen.

An article in National Geographic featured a story about a massive super accelerator known as the Large Haldron Collider in Europe that physicists use for testing. In school Physics was and it remains to me the hardest type of science to in any way comprehend. But I still found the article interesting.

A main focus in the experiments is to discover the “Higgs particle”, which also has the designation “the God particle.” According to the article it’s the missing evidence in a theory in physics that explains a basic characteristic of the universe.

Now (and this where it becomes absolutely incomprehensible to me) the article states that the Higgs particle will last “less than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second before decaying into a spray of other particles.”

Now many of us have stop watches on our phones that measure time to the hundredth of a second. But really, I have to believe really, really, really hard that there is any way a time measurement of “a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second” can be determined with preciseness. You know what, I think the scientists do as well, though many would never admit it. And yet in the article it’s stated as an absolute fact, with no words like believe, conjecture or even estimate, but merely a matter of fact statement.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Seek Ye First"  Video  Maranatha Music  This is one of the first Scripture choruses we learned as young Christians in the seventies. Putting Scripture to music, as many of you know, is a great aid to memorization and hiding God's Word in our hearts!

"Yes I Will"  Video  Anthem Lights

For the terminally curious here's the fish video our kitten so immensely enjoys. Perhaps some of our readers avail it already for their felines. Even if Gracie is not near the computer she hears the splashing water sound and comes running to jump up on the desk to watch!

Many have heard and been praying concerning the kidnapping of missionaries in Haiti. We learned this is related to Christian Aid Ministries which has a strong presence in our area. May the Lord grant grace, peace, strength and wisdom to each of them, including children, and all those seeking their release.

Lebanon County PA
The autumn color changes are beginning in our area as seen in this road in southern Lebanon County we passed yesterday.

Pond in Iowa (Steve Ephraim)
Colors are also changing in the Midwest in this Autumn scene at Prairie Lakes Park in Cedar Falls, Iowa taken by Steve Ephraim, an Iowan reader.

Amish mother and sons
  A young mother hauling her two young sons in a small cart behind the scooter near New Holland. In our area the Amish ride brightly colored scooters to get around.

Finally today:

Coon on propane tank
When we first got married in 1976 we got two pets, a puppy we named Enoch and a kitten we named Coon. Here's Coon peeking out of a hole in our propane tank! (Editor's note: Stephen was 21 the year we married but still very much a young boy in pulling pranks - since he no longer lived at home with a younger sibling he liked to tease the pets which is evident in this photo.)

Church sign
A good message on a church sign and an important reminder that our only hope is in Jesus, the Lamb of God!

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