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Monday, September 22, 2008

Whom Do You Seek?

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you. ... The LORD [YHWH], the God of your fathers ... has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations."
(Exodus 3:14-15 ESV)

Jesus ... went out and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." Jesus said to them, "I AM." And Judas, the one betraying Him, was standing with them. Therefore when He said to them, "I AM," they stepped back and fell to the ground.
(John 18:4-6 EMTV)

"Thus says [YHWH] ... ([YHWH] is His name): 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' " (Jeremiah 33:2-3 NKJV)

Have you met God in the burning bush yet? Or are you still playing religion, attempting to lay hold of Him on your terms and falling down?

Whom do you seek? The god of morality and conduct? The universal power behind supernatural sequence and blessing? A divine despot placated by rituals and scripted prayers? Or the personal Creator, who shows Himself to those who call to Him with a child's trust and hear His voice?

The Great I AM doesn't stand on the street corner offering Himself to whomever passes by. He draws us to turn aside to holy ground—barefoot and vulnerable—and diligently search Him out. He makes Himself known in places like burning bushes that aren't consumed, where we would have never thought to find Him.

Lord God, You are holy, glorious and beautiful. We do not need to see Your glory in pillar of cloud and fire or hear Your voice thunder from Mt. Sinai to know Your presence. Please draw us to seek You, and let us hear Your voice so we may find You, each and every day.

"You will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." – Jeremiah 29:12-13, NKJV

Copyright 2008, Anne Lang Bundy

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