I’m sure most of us at some point in our lives have been actively involved in diligently searching for something. Perhaps you may remember being involved in Easter Egg hunts as a kid, or more recently in my case, trying to hide the eggs from my kids. One activity I enjoy each spring is to go “shed hunting.” As any of you outdoorsman out there are aware, the white-tailed deer bucks lose their antlers each year, usually in February or March before growing a new, usually larger set, a few months later. Because I enjoy walking and hiking, I find a lot of enjoyment walking through the woods in early spring in areas I know deer frequent while keeping my eyes open for antlers that might be lying on the ground. In the past 5-6 years I’ve found 3 “sheds”, including the real heavy right side of what would have been a big 10 pt. buck just last April.
This idea of searching for something is reiterated in our reading today. Proverbs 8:17 reads, “I love them that love me, and those that seek me early will find me.” The idea of seeking God “early” is the idea of seeking God diligently; i.e seeking after God with all of our hearts. And the result if we do? God promises to be found of us.
This thought is echoed for us in several other passages, most notably Jeremiah 29:13 which reads, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” The application of these verses applies to both the lost and the saved. If a lost person recognizes that there is a God out there that they desire to know and they begin to search for Him, I believe these verses make it clear that He will be found of that searching lost person. And if a saved person, who may be out of fellowship with the Lord desires to come back to Him, then God will be found of that individual.
I believe we see this clearly in the parable of the prodigal son. If you remember that story, the rebellious son came to realize what he had done and decided to go back to his father in repentance. And how did he find his father? His father was looking for him, waiting for him. Yes the prodigal son had to make the first move, but once he did, the father was there, wrapping his arms around his long-lost son. What a wonderful picture of the patience and goodness of our God!