Rejoicing in the Search

Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord (I Chronicles 16:10).

The above verse in I Chronicles contains words taken from the Psalm David taught Israel when religion was enjoying a great revival among the people of God.

It is unfortunate that some feel religion, or spirituality, is joyless. They feel you can’t be a Christian and be happy at the same time. The challenge for Christians is to find how we can always rejoice in seeking the Lord.

Sometimes the joy comes from simply knowing that God can see the larger picture, the future, and how what happens today will ultimately happen in the long run.

The problem is not in the seeker, but in the observer turned critic, whose life has been so geared to the satisfaction of appetites, gratifying senses, and charming imagination that he has lost the thrill of discovery.

In the heart of the true searcher there is little room, now or ever, for the gratification of that which is described by James as, “earthly, sensual, or demonic” (James 3:15).

The prospector finds his reward in finding. So it is with that happy seeker who is carried along with the promise of the Savior, “Seek and you will find…” (Matthew 7:7).

With this promise there is assurance of success. The prophet gives a great starting place when he wrote, “Seek and read from the book of the Lord…” (Isaiah 34:16). This is the beginning place for “rejoicing.”

Are you rejoicing in Christ today? Will you make that simple switch?