Finding God in the Cracks and Corners

Where Do We Find God?

People will give you various answers to that question.

Most of them will be wrong, and right. That is, they will be wrong in some ways and right in others.

“They went, I say, partly in search of the sublime, and they found it the only way it can be found here or there—around the edges, tucked into the corners of the days.”

“An Expedition to the Pole”
in Teaching a Stone to Talk, (Harper, 1983) p. 29
by Annie Dillard

19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God . . .

1 Chronicles 22:19

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

1 Chronicles 28:9

13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

Jeremiah 29:13-14

and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

2 Chronicles 15:2

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as [a]frontals [b]on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:34-40 (Cf. also Mark 12:28-34 and Luke 10:25-29 which look like two other/different times when the same passage came into Jesus’s teaching on the core of the Old Testament law)

I hope that your first response to getting to know God is to turn to God in His word and to pray for His leading in your life. It is the best and surest path to His will. But I also hope that you will look intently, undistractedly, and long at the “first book”—the book of creation—that also reveals great truths about who our creator God is how large His will and plan are for each one us. And I pray that you will look for God in the “cracks and crevices” in the surprising corners and situations of circumstances (always guided by the word of God). Our God is the God of the surprise (cf. Isaiah 64:3-4). He delights to ambush us with delight when we look up from the mundane and suddenly look for Him. I hope you have a “God surprised me day” today and many more in the future. He will let Himself be found when He is sought. Seek Him. 

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