Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
John Newton in “Amazing Grace” (1779)
Consider today: God is searching for you. Grace awaits.
This saying is reliable and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I’m the biggest sinner of all. But this is why I was shown mercy, so that Christ Jesus could show his endless patience to me first of all. So I’m an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the king of the ages, to the immortal, invisible, and only God, may honor and glory be given to him forever and always! Amen.
1 Timothy 1:15-17
Many of us are searching for something. For several reasons, I have not slept well for two evenings, so I am currently searching for rest. Some other people may be searching for money or fame or just a chance. I lost count, but there are a plethora of people searching for a chance to become President. We are all searching for something.
So, what does God search for? (Talk about a gift for someone who already has everything!) What could God be looking for? As we see in 1 Timothy, God searched for a way to save all of us sinners and found it in Jesus Christ. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, through Christ’s mercy and endless patience, God found a way to save you.
Let's pause on that for a moment. God left the majesty of heaven (take a look at Revelation 4) to come down to earth so we could be saved. What motivated that? Christ’s unending love for us. I’m glad I was found. How about you?
Holy One, I thank you for coming to earth to be one of us. Search me, find me, and heal me. Amen.
God is searching.