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Seek

By January 29, 2024No Comments

Many are familiar with the verse from the Sermon on the Mount, “Seek and you will find.” But I ran across another verse in Proverbs that gives a different spin on seeking. “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” (Prov. 11:27) This verse suggests that everyone will find what they are seeking, whether for good or for bad. It is similar to another saying from Jesus, “For where your treasure is (i.e. what you seek), there will your heart be also (what you will find).” (Matt 6:21)

Why does this matter? Because we are all seeking something. We may be seeking love whatever the cost. We may be seeking to advance our careers. We may be seeking to accumulate enough money to retire. We may be seeking to please those around us or avoid unpleasant conflicts. We all have many things we seek, and usually they are not bad in and of themselves. But we also have a primary treasure. That treasure is like a ladder that we have put up against a wall and started to climb hoping that our treasure, the joy and satisfaction that we deeply desire, awaits us at the top.

We will find what we seek, to greater or lesser degrees. What we don’t know is whether when we find our desire, when we reach the top of the ladder, whether we be happy with the choice of treasure that we made. This is worth some soul-searching.

What do you treasure most? What wall is your ladder leaning on? 

 

            Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33) In other words, put your ladder on the wall that seeks God and His will, and the other worthy things you desire will come along also.  All other walls, if they are the first wall of our hearts, will leave us less than satisfied when we reach the top rung.

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