This came up in my Facebook memories recently. It’s something I wrote and posted there in 2014.
I just read a quote from C.S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity.
“As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
Isn’t that good? I was thinking of how to explain it to a child, and here’s what I came up with, although it’s not a perfect explanation:
When you are proud, you think and say bad things about people, and if you are always doing that, you won’t be able to think about how good God is. It’s kind of like looking for lightening or shooting stars, but you miss them because you were looking at the wrong part of the sky when they came.
This reminds me of the following verse:
“Seek the LORD while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near.
Let the wicked man forsake his own way
and the unrighteous man his own thoughts;
let him return to the LORD,
that He may have compassion,
and to our God,
for He will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6,7 BSB
I think a lot of us, when we hear that we should repent or turn to the Lord, feel that this is a burdensome request. We feel like it is too hard. We feel like we are to turn to Him out of fear. While it’s true that the fear of the LORD is the BEGINNING of wisdom, it is what makes us realize that we have offended a righteous God.
But, look again at the verses above.
They are two of many in the Bible that explain that we seek Him and return to Him (repentance)
so “that He may have compassion” and
because “He will freely pardon.“
God exists, and He rewards us with the good of finding Him when we search for Him!
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
Seek, and you shall find.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9
Search for Him with all your heart.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:13 NASB
Finding the Lord God is a good thing!! Finding Him is the BEST thing in the world that can happen to us!!
Finding Him is exponentially greater than seeing that meteor shoot through the sky and hearing it whistle and swish by!
And finding Him is certainly so much better than our pride that we cling to. It is so much better than the feeling of superiority that is actually a prison which prevents us from seeking God or finding Him in all His wonder, majesty, and love, since that requires us to humble ourselves and reach out for Him and seek Him!
Today I’m thankful that God rewards us with the treasure of HIMSELF when we search for Him with all our hearts!
I’m thankful for the gift of humility that leads us in the direction of seeking Him and finding Him!
I’m thankful that He rewards us with compassion and forgiveness when we turn to Him.
What about you? Have you sought and found the Lord? Have you discovered the wonder of knowing Him? Have you experienced the joy of being forgiven by Him? Have you walked out of the prison of pride into the freedom of surrender to Him?