offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found
- Psalm 32:6
In the previous post (10/26) I made a rather surprising comment about the nature of God. I said, "God is elusive." I don't know if you have spent much time thinking about that concept, but if you have ever searched for God - even more so if you have earnestly searched for God - you know how true it is. God indeed is elusive.
What does the elusiveness of God mean for our daily experience? First, it means that our own lives cannot be static. That is, our own lives cannot be static if we want to live. Think about it: we desire intimacy with the Living God. At our deepest core, no matter whom we are, no matter how little time we have given attention to Him, deep inside we are aware that our lives are incomplete without Divine connection. Everyone . . . and I mean everyone . . . is made for the God Who Is. Yet God stands aloof. He will not stay still. He is always moving - coming to us, yet making us search for Him. Our own lives cannot be static because let’s face it . . . to be static is to die.
Are you a Christian sitting still? We all know about stagnant pools of water. They are places where fish go to die. So it is with the life of every Christian. Don’t be fooled . . . there is no sitting still. Even when we quote scripture, “Be still and know that I am God,” we do not mean that we are not reaching for Him. On the contrary, we are always reaching for Him, even if we remain silent and still to do so. God is elusive.
Second, our lives are designed for prayer. This is because the life of prayer is the counter to the static life. Notice I said “the life of prayer.” True prayer is continuous and is much more than getting on our knees and sending up petitions for a few minutes. The life of prayer is unceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It means that we live in prayer as we go about our daily activities. Yet I must admit, this experience is difficult to describe. Consider the words of James Finley: “Prayer emerges from, and leads to, a certain way of knowing which is most difficult to communicate in words. The immediacy of the experience makes communication of it all but impossible.”
Here’s the good news: God desires to be found . . . but notice . . . God desires to be found. That means we are called to passionate, dynamic living . . . a search for the Living God that leaves our past behind and calls us to a wonderful future. Get off your spiritual couch friend. He is calling you to live!