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Looking

"What are you looking at?” Or “What are you looking for?”

I immediately heard a “tone” in this first question.  Did you? I got defensive at the first one, and the next one made me think.

Have you ever been driving and been distracted by something beside the road and found that your car began to drift that direction?   I have, and was grateful for Gods’ protection, it could have caused an accident.  It is true that we follow where we give our attention. This makes me think of the song,

“Turn your eye upon Jesus,

look full in His wonderful face,

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim

in the light of His glory and grace."  

We know this is not easy, so many sights and sounds demanding our attention.  They invade our eyes and ears from all directions.  The messages often are subliminal but always demanding.  The enemy of our soul cares not about our peace and serenity, in fact, it is his aim to violate anything that has do with the Word.  Philippians 4:8 gives us the antidote to his poison and harassment.

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].  This is a challenge and take our honest pursuit.

Proverbs 21:21 He who pursues righteousness and mercy finds life.” The word pursues in Hebrew means “to hunt.” We are to be a people who are in a godly pursuit, not just comfortable, maintaining where we are, God wants the people who are hungry for righteousness to never stop seeking Him.   You are going to be blessed when you seek Him with all your heart.  There is always more of God than you ever imagined. But you will never find that "more of God," if you do not seek it, pursue it, and genuinely want it with all your heart.  

What do you really want?  There are times that I think I really want something, but then when I discover the price, I may lose my excitement, but remember, the hunt often is as profitable as the reward.  The Holy Spirit will encourage, enable, and assist you to discover the empowering presence of His Grace and Mercy.  Getting to know Him as you seek Him is a reward. Happy Hunting!
--R. Stultz