Jeremiah 29:13 (CSB) You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.
In the darkness before dawn, I grabbed the flashlight to accompany our doggy divas outside. Standing shrouded in darkness, I notice droplets of dew dancing in the stream of light. Captivated by the sheer number of particles on full display, I look up to see here my princesses are and realize the dew has disappeared into the blackness. But when I look back into the beam, there they are in full display. I can hear the Holy Spirit whispering in that still small voice. What if these tiny dancing particles represent God’s Goodness all around me, but I cannot see them when I do not walk in the light?
In Psalm 27:13, it tells us that I will see the Lord’s Goodness in the land of the living. Here. Now. In this life lived everyday – no matter how hard it is – God’s Goodness is all around me. We sing it in church inviting the Holy Spirit to fill the place (and more importantly us) that we would become more aware of His Presence and experience the Glory of His Goodness. Could it be that thought God is showering us with His Goodness our eyes cannot see it because they have adjusted to the dark?
Psalm 119:105 (CSB) Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon is a term for “frequency illusion.” For example, when I was contemplating purchasing a new vehicle, I test drove and fell in love with a Honda CRV. For the next couple of weeks while I continued to think and pray (yes, pray) about the purchase I saw the little SUVs everywhere. It was like everyone drove a Honda CRV. It was crazy. Crazy until I discovered that my brain is wired for frequency illusion. Frequency illusion is two difference processes happening at the same time: selective attention and confirmation bias. Selective attention comes about when you learn something new. It stays fresh in your mind. You begin paying more attention to it than other things so you see it more often in your daily life. The second part of the process, confirmation bias is a cognitive bias in your mind that will search for or interpret information in a way that confirms your preconceptions. In other words, your brain is proving that new idea to be truth. Enough of our science lesson… I think you get the point.
With this in mind, what if as believers we decided to seek the Lord wholeheartedly? He promises that those who do will find Him. The Word of God is the lamp for our feet and light on our path. Jesus is the Word of God according to John 1. We must turn on our brain to faith and initiate this process of frequency illusion in our life. Faith is assurance of the unseen but we do not have to walk blindly by it. We must train our mind to look for God in the land of the living rather than waiting to seek Him out in eternity. There is so much more to our salvation discovered through daily repentance, radical obedience, and constant submission to the Will and Way of God given to us in His Word. It gives us a clear translation so that when the Holy Spirit speaks to us – we know His Voice without question. God created our mind to know Him and our heart to love Him. Science has given us a clear illustration that when we seek the Lord we will find Him by filling our mind with His Word so our natural instinct is to then look around to see Him. If you do, you will most certainly see Him working in ways beyond what you could think, ask or even imagine.
Joshua 1:8 (CSB) This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.
Oh friend, how much prosperity and success do we miss out on in our ignorance? We must take this “Book of Instruction” and meditate on it day and night. Meditate means to think deeply, focus one’s mind on for a period of time, and to consider. It is too often that our mind is filled with worthless and meaningless thoughts that fortify doubt, fear, and insecurity. God wants to fill our mind and heart with His Goodness. We must simply turn the Light on and break through the darkness of human thinking to expose His Truth about our life. David probably summed it up best:
Psalm 139:17-18 (CSB) God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, am still with you.
Do you know what God thinks about you? Have you found yourself in God’s Word? Do you know the covenant benefits designated for your life? Do you know the boundaries of blessing that are all around you? Do you know your calling? What you are created for? God wants to share His Secrets with you. He has a plan that can only be fulfilled with your wholehearted pursuit of His Presence. You need His Word to get there. He is such an amazing God to create us with the ability to seek and find Him – going to the nth degree to wire our brain to discover His Glory even in our darkest day. What a Mighty God we serve! He is loving, kind and faithful to us! Why not get to know Him more? Fill your mind with His Word and you will begin to see Him all around you! Don’t trust me – it’s simply scientific!
Job 12:22 (CSB) He reveals mysteries from darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light.
Isaiah 42:16 (CSB) I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not abandon them.
John 8:12 (CSB) Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 12:46 (CSB) I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness.