Effort is Needed
Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Sometimes, I think a day off would be really nice. Employers typically grant two weeks off every year. That seems equitable and fair. At one stint, I worked in the corporate world. Days off are treated as if they were gold.
This verse is saturated with responsiblity–our responsibility. To search implies definite effort. I lose my keys, quite often. I start a search– an investigation, to find them. I inevitably turn the house upside-down. They have to be somewhere! (Typically I find them in my pants in the hamper.)
But to be a searcher after God requires continual effort. He reveals Himself to me, but I never truly apprehend Him. He makes Himself known, but He is unknowable. It’s not quite the treadmill, because we do encounter Him. It’s just that we can’t pin Him down or put Him in a neat little box.
We are told that we need to hunt for His strength. Receiving strength is never a passive thing. This generation that I’m part of is inflicted with this contagion. We are essentially a very apathetic people. It goes against our grain when we step toward the Lord.
This verse ends with “continually seek Him”. We must put effort into this endeavour. For many, Christianity is pretty much a release from this. We come to Jesus, and we want to rest. But we are confused, our discipleship is going to be an effort. Does your walk make you work; does it make you sweat?