Pastor’s Pen: The search is on

You may have noticed in the last few weeks that more people are walking around with their phones in the air turning to the right and the left as if they are taking a video of their surroundings. Most likely they are playing the popular new game, Pokemon Go!. This game brings users out of their homes and into the world with a combination of real life and virtual reality. The gamers are seeking out Pokemon, imaginary creatures located in virtual reality throughout the landscape.

You can only find them with your mobile device and its camera. People of all ages are diligently seeking them out, hoping to find some of the rarest creatures and moving up in levels through the game.

Whether you are or are not into Pokemon Go!, the Bible tells us that we are to be searching for something.

Psalm 105:4 says this, “Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.” We are to constantly look to the Lord.  We are to look to Him as ones dependent on His wisdom and His strength in order to do the most menial tasks each day.  This is why 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray continually.”

But not only am I to look to God continually, but also diligently. Some Pokemon hunters will walk for miles into all kinds of territory to find a Pokemon. I’ve seen them leave activities just to capture one! Just like those avid Pokemon explorers, we are to seek God with a wholehearted passion.

When it was time for Solomon to take his place as king of Israel his father, David, had this advice for him, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind… If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)

David wanted his son to give ‘wholehearted devotion’ to God. It wasn’t to be a casual glance, but giving everything over to the King of kings.

Pokemon hunters are easy to spot. They’re the ones with their phones in the air and are talking about Pidgy, Caterpie, Squirtle and Charmander. They are the ones seeking how to ‘level up’ their Pokemon and searching out new areas to explore.

Are you that passionate about searching for God? Do you call on Him? Are you devoted to Him? Is it obvious in your conversations that you live for God? Let go of your pride and humble yourself before the Lord. He is easy to find if you will ‘seek His face always.’