It seems like we’re always searching for something. If you turn on the television for a few seconds you’ll see movies about people seeking love, shows about brave ones in the pursuit of justice, and stories of those searching for their purpose. These fictional characters are great representations of our human instinct to be working toward, striving for, or seeking out something.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been seeking. What am I searching for? What am I pursuing with my heart, mind, soul, and strength?
John 9 records the story of Jesus healing a man who was born blind. I encourage you to read through the story and identify what the various people were seeking. Here are a few of my observations:
The blind man was seeking healing; he wanted to be able to see.
The disciples desired knowledge; they wanted surety.
The townspeople longed for answers; they were perplexed.
The religious guys searched for blame; they wanted to be right.
The man’s parents were seeking a way out; they were scared.
There were so many different motivations present in this one story, but I want to direct your attention to one particular person’s intention: Jesus’s.
After the ex-blind man and his parents had been dragged before the religious court and intimidated, Jesus sought the man out.
“When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” John 9:35 (NLT, emphasis added)
Amidst all of the different agendas in the story, Jesus’s focus was on the formerly blind man — he sought him out.
The beautiful thing about the Bible is that everything Jesus did was perfectly in line with the Father’s will and heart. He was the Word in the flesh! Over and over again throughout the Bible, we see God chasing down his people, just like Jesus did in this story. We see his beautiful and relentless pursuit of a relationship with his children.
No matter what you’re seeking, searching after, or longing for, know that God is seeking you. You’re the one he leaves the ninety-nine for. Let that wash over you now: even when we’re at our most distracted, our least loveable, or our worst, he still loves us; he still pursues us. He searches after you. He chases after me. And for that, I am thankful.
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