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Am I Worthy of Seeking God?

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The weather has turned.  There’s snow in and the air and accumulating on the ground.  I can see my icy puffs of breath as I make my way to the car in the morning, as I smash my gloved fingers into my pockets for extra warmth. The cold here in West Virginia luckily isn’t as penetrating as the cold in places like Minnesota (I’m sorry, Susie!), but it still finds it’s way in.  And with it, comes the winter blues.
It’s medical term is actually Seasonal Affective Disorder (with the appropriate acronym, SAD) or Winter Depression.  It affects many people during the late fall and winter months, when the amount of sunlight is shortened and we are forced inside, away from the cold.  It’s a condition that baffles doctors and studies continue to find the best way to treat it.  But it’s a condition that, though it’s not fully understood, is believable.  

With those suffering from SAD, there are also others who have a difficult time facing the holidays because of sadness.  Be it from the loss of a family member, a recent divorce, loneliness, sickness that keeps others at bay, or from painful memories of Christmases past; Christmas time is not a time that provides joy to all.

Within this group, you could also include those who find Christmas hard to celebrate because they feel unworthy of the love God so freely supplies.  They may have struggled with a life of sin and shame in the past or present, that causes them to doubt their worthiness.  They may have been told by others that because of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, family history, or career choice, that they are not welcome in the forever family of God.  And so around this time, when Christians celebrate the greatest gift that was ever given, they feel left out and neglected, because they believe the gift was not given for them.  Little do they know that Christians, even those who have attended church all of their lives, still feel unworthy of the greatest gift, in Jesus Christ.

Who is worthy of seeking God? The answer
is simple – EVERYONE!
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The story of the birth of Christ is recounted in the the gospels of Matthew and Luke.  Each account provides supporting details of the announcement of His birth.  And in Luke, it tells the story of the shepherds that were greeted by a band of heavenly angels that told them to not be afraid, but rather to go to Bethlehem to find the child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.  

To those familiar with this passage, it’s common knowledge that the shepherds were the first visitors to lay eyes upon the Christ child.  However, not everyone understands the significance of their role and the importance of these individuals receiving the message in the first place.

In those days, sheep herders were considered outcasts from society.  They were the lowest of the low.  They traveled with their flocks from place to place.  They slept upon the ground, likely ate food considered to be unclean to those following the law and bathed when they came upon a water source.  Their priority was their flock. They saw to the needs of their sheep before they saw to their own.  They were the protector, the leader and the provider for their sheep.  And therefore they probably were unkempt, smelly and bedraggled looking individuals. 

Just the kind of visitors you want coming by to visit your newborn son, right?  God thought so and so he sent a band of angels to notify them of the birth of Jesus.  Declaring to them to not be afraid, but to seek after the Christ.

Outcasts: they were the first to be given the good news; they were the first to seek; they were the first to find.

Makes those who suffer from the winter blues, SAD, or feelings of downright unworthiness look pretty good right?

Just like the shepherds were told by the angels,
we are to seek Him and find Him.
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There are multiple references in the Bible that remind us to seek after Him:

  • For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel (God’s chosen people): “Seek me and live”.  Amos 5:4 (ESV)
  • And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him.  If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him he will forsake you.”  2 Chronicles 15:2 (ESV)
  • But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.  Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)
  • I love all who love me.  Those who search will surely find me.  Proverbs 8:17 (NLT)
  • In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”  Jeremiah 29:12-14 (NLT)
  • “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)

It doesn’t matter what you wear, where you lay your head, what you look like or smell like, or even what kind of job you have or don’t have.  It’s not a matter of even what society thinks about you, or even if you believe their accusations and cruel words.  It comes down to the fact that you are a child of God, made in His image, and He is requesting for you to seek after Him and find Him.  
So the question is, will you answer his request and
begin your journey in seeking Him today?

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