Where is God when we need Him? Doesn’t He know we’re in trouble down here? Does He even care? Yes! He does. Seeking God earnestly is one way to find Him. Seeking God earnestly means to sincerely, passionately, and whole-heartedly search for evidence of His existence. God is real. He is alive. When you seek God, you will find Him, sometimes where you least expect Him.
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
David was one of Israel’s most popular and successful kings. But when he wrote Psalm 63, he was in a tough spot. David was wandering in the desert, trying to find refuge from a rebellious son. He could have opened the psalm by complaining about his situation. Instead, David acknowledged his relationship with God before speaking any other words. David knew God intimately; it was natural for him to call out: “O God, you are my God.”
David knew God, but he was still struggling to find God. The reality is, we don’t always feel God with us, or see evidence of His presence. Especially with the distractions of our whirlwind lifestyles. But God is there. We can be confident in that truth and follow David’s example. He was desperate for God and would not stop searching until he once again saw the Lord’s power and glory in his life.
After David proclaimed, “I shall seek you earnestly,” he continued by sharing how he yearned for God’s presence and provision. David was discouraged, lonely, and empty inside. All the way down to his soul. He had a physical ache for God’s touch. His soul and flesh–his entire being–longed for God to quench his thirst and satisfy his hunger.
Jesus said, “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
When we search for God, He will reveal Himself to us. He wants us to find Him, and to know Him. God is not hiding from us even though we may feel at times as if He’s abandoned us. As Jesus said, we need to keep asking, keep searching. God wants to know we are serious about letting Him in our lives.
God is with us wherever we are. He is with us when we wander in the desert, or lose a loved one, or face an unforeseen tragedy, or suffer consequences from a mistake, or encounter any number of challenges. When we feel afraid and alone, we begin to recognize our need for the comfort God offers. Like David, we can confidently seek the Lord and ask Him to quench our thirst even when there is no water in sight.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
*This post contains excerpts from Caroline’s Bible study on Psalm 63.
Have you found God in the desert? Share your comments! Here’s a link to my testimony of how God revealed himself to me during a painful time in my past.