Does it seem to you that we spend our whole life chasing something? How many movies have been made about the endless pursuit of “something”? There are those that are comedies, dramas, adventures, and tragedies — but they all portray man’s pursuit of what they deem to be most important, or what will make them happy. The Billy Crystal movie, “City Slickers”, where Jack Palance kept reminding him of the “one thing”, is one of the premier examples of that.
It is not just in movies where this pursuit is featured, it is featured in our lives. There always seems to be something out there, that we think will make our lives a little better. It seems to start early in our lives: a place of acceptance in a certain circle of peers, a romantic relationship (with the one that sets our hearts to fluttering), a car (and not just any car, the right car), graduation from high school, college, and a host of other things that attract our attention. Even as we get older, the “pursuit syndrome” is still there is still there. We want a loving, lasting relationship; a job that pays well and makes us feel good about ourselves; a house that becomes a home for our safety; and security for the future; and, ultimately, retirement.
Have you ever wondered why we are that way, or at least most of us? I believe that God intended for us to have this “pursuit syndrome“, and wanted us to focus it on a relationship with Him! That we recognize, that the most important thing that we pursue in our life, is the relationship with a Holy God!
We have often wondered about “how” the Bible could say that David was a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). It certainly was not because of his sinless perfection! The key word, in my mind, is “after” — that David was “seeking” God, and a relationship with Him. Regardless of how man times he faltered and fell; he would get up, confess the wrong that he had committed, and begin to seek God again!
When you read the Psalms, there seems to be two ideas that jump off of nearly every page — the steadfast love of the Lord, and the admonition to seek God. There is a beautiful description of what we are seeking, in Psalm 89:15-18 – – listen closely: