By Sandy Mittelsteadt
Contributor, Valley Ag Voice
Where You Can Find God:
“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8: 17
God knows exactly where you are when you are searching for Him. Even when you can’t see or hear Him, He can still see you. God knows exactly where you are, and He is never far away because there is no place out of the reach of God’s watchful eye. Psalm 139:7 states: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?”
One place where you can find God is in prayer. Prayer is merely talking to Him from your heart. Ask him to help you locate Him, and as you search, you can tell God your thoughts, doubts, and fears.
Another place where you can find God is in nature. The Bible declares that nature itself sings the praises and the glory of God. Spend some time in His creation, just observing the trees, flowers, and stars.
Thirdly, God is in His word. The Bible tells us that His word is alive with power and is active. It can achieve what God wants. What better place to seek God than in the Word that He inspired and provided to us?
God is also in praise and gratitude. He inhabits the praises of His people. Join in the singing of the hymns at church or sing along with the radio or YouTube, etc. as though you are really there.
God is in silence. Sometimes you have to get quiet and be by yourself to hear Him. The story of Elijah reminds us that God often waits for us to be prepared to hear Him. Elijah was waiting for God to talk to him when a strong wind, a powerful earthquake, and a fire all materialized before him, but God was not in any of these. When all finally calmed down, God spoke to Elijah in a whisper, according to 1 Kings 19.
Where You will NOT Find God:
I can tell the places where you will not find God. He will not be in productivity and acting pious. This may please our ego, but it does not please God. Religious works generally cause us to burn out and become disillusioned.
God is not found in fretting and brooding, especially about past events or relationships. God is interested in the future, especially your future, so make sure you are seeking in His direction.
God is not found in distractions. Distracting ourselves is easy to do, especially with smart phones, but at the end of the day, distractions will never give us the peace we are pursuing.
Take time to seek God in a deliberate manner. If you are always rushing through life, you are going to miss God. I guarantee it! Put aside the distractions: put down the phone, turn off the TV, and leave the agenda on the desk. Decide to be with God! Make time for silence and solitude. Use these still times, such as baths or showers, commutes in our cars, walks or treadmill time to draw closer to God. Open up and look for God. Open that Bible and open your heart. Ask God to show you something in a new way. If you search for God with your whole heart, He will find you. That’s a promise!