Tourists rarely take great photographs. They seldom make the effort to be at the right spot at the right time to get the right angle of light in the right weather conditions. To capture beautiful outdoor pictures, professional photographers are careful to view the scene from different angles, during different seasons, and at different times of day.
This makes me wonder if the reason some people don’t have a clear picture of the beauty and glory of God is that they make snap judgments. They come to wrong conclusions about God based on a bad church experience, or an encounter with someone who claims to be a Christian but isn’t living like one. They misjudge what the Lord is like and turn away from Him, feeling disillusioned.
The pursuit of God involves more than casual observation. King David told his son Solomon, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9). The psalmist said, “Blessed are those who . . . seek Him with the whole heart!” (Psalm 119:2). And the author of Hebrews wrote that God rewards “those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
To see and know God in all His fullness and glory, we can’t approach Him like tourists. We need to seek Him at all times, with all our heart.
Lord, I am seeking You with all my heart,
With all my soul and all my mind;
For wondrous blessings You alone impart—
In seeking I will surely find. —Hess
To find God, we must be willing to seek Him.