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Central UMC Blog

God's Search for Us

Posted by Dr. Steven K. Pulliam on

It seems to me that we do a lot of searching these days. Most of what we search for is at our fingertips. Recently my daughter needed a dress altered. How does one find a good alteration place? I asked a friend who told me about a place but didn’t have the name. How would I find it? Easy! I plugged in the words “alteration services near me.” In a matter of seconds, I had the name of the place, the hours of operation, the phone number, and the address. With another touch of the finger, I had directions from my location to the location of the alteration shop. Like I said, easy.

While finding an alteration shop, a restaurant, or a car repair shop can be easy, there are answers to life’s deeper questions that simply cannot be accessed by typing a few words into Google’s search engine. Answers to our deepest longings and deepest needs exist beyond what we can find within ourselves and what can be garnered from collective human wisdom.

It appears to me that the answer to our deepest needs and our deepest longings is unbroken fellowship with God. This is the way God created it in the beginning. Unfortunately, one of the adverse by-products of the wonderful human advancements and discoveries that have greatly helped our world is that we sometimes act as if fellowship with God is no longer necessary. After all, with all our advancement and the ease of finding answers, can’t we just handle things on our own?

The first humans lived in unbroken fellowship with God. When the serpent came along and deceived the man and the woman in the garden, it was as if the serpent was saying, “It’s okay to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good evil. God doesn’t want you to eat the fruit because he doesn’t want you to be like him. You can do this on your own.” The result was that the man and the woman realized they were naked—vulnerable—and they were afraid. Recognizing their vulnerability, they perceived God and one another as threats (see Genesis 3:1-15). The ultimate purpose of their creation was unbroken fellowship with God and one another, yet they ruined it within the first few pages of human history. They attempted to “do life on their own” and now all of creation is thrown into darkness and confusion.

The good news is that God doesn’t leave us in our darkness. God sends his light into the world to rescue us. John writes about God sending the light into the world saying, “The true light which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. … to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:9, 12 NRSV, emphasis mine). I emphasize the word children because it highlights our renewed fellowship with God. Being his children means that we live in fellowship with God, and we are in family with one another. God came on a search and rescue mission seeking to restore the original fellowship lost in the garden. We could not find God on our own, so God came searching to find us and he gave us the power to become his children. We couldn’t manufacture that power on our own.

Our God truly amazes me! He comes to search for me and for all people. That’s how much our fellowship matters to him. How will we respond to God’s searching for us? Confession seems to be the only appropriate response. Confession which includes our sorrow for trying to “do it on our own” and that our deepest longings and needs will only be met in our fellowship with God. May God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, enable us to live in the reality of his marvelous fellowship. Amen.

Faithfully,
Steve Pulliam

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