But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deut. 4:29).
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD; and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations.…” (Jer. 29:12–14).
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD” (Prov. 8:34, 35).
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isa. 55:6).
Generation after generation, century after century, there have been people who sought the Lord with sincere, honest seeking, and who found him—without ever seeing him face to face in the land of the living. These people found that he was near them, that he never left them nor forsook them, that he listened to them when they called upon him. They came one by one, through the Lamb, his appointed way—and they came with the motive of wanting to follow him as soon as they could find him. Honest seeking turns into honest following when he is found. The “following” is not just a nebulous religious act, a mystical ceremony; it is an open, frank, honest belief that there is a Person to follow, and that the Person is God, a personal God who responds.
This kind of specific, assured following brings with it a spontaneous telling of others. “One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the ...1
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