What do we want?
Jesus pointed out the spiritual law that we will find what we are looking for. See Matt. 7.7. Spiritual laws like gravity are non-negotiable. If this finding what we are looking for is true the question remains what do we want and how do we get it? If we haven’t found it yet it only means we have been looking in the wrong place, like looking for your car keys in the freezer.
Or as Johnny Lee sang “Lookin for love in all the wrong places..” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIuryZ8JUJM&ab_channel=CountryRoadTV
But the words “love”, like “God” have been so much abused we no longer know what they mean.
One of my favorite authors Emma Curtis Hopkins in her Scientific Mental Practice (1888)wrote;
“Can you name now just what your mind is seeking? You would soon be on the right track to find what you are seeking if you could name what you want. The naming of what the mind of whole world is seeking is the first statement of Jesus Christ, and the first lesson of Moses. It is the foundation thought, even in the mind of insects. It is the GOOD.
Are you not seeking Good? Why do you move your right hand? You move it to get your Good. Why do you breath? You breath to get your Good. Why do the stones lie still and wait? They are waiting for their Good. Why does the fly fly? It flies for it’s Good. Everything moves and waits for its Good. So you see that the GOOD draws everything. The Good which you and I want governs everything we do. Therefor the Good which you are seeking is your God.”
But the desire to find our lost car keys drives us on and on till we reach the final satisfaction. If we haven’t found it, it means we have been looking where it cannot be found, in the wrong place. Jesus very succinctly tells us where our ultimate key is:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” [i.e. your good] Matt. 6.33
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14.17
Why is it so important for us to be “right”? it is because we have not found the Right that is beyond all right and wrong, the right that is only Good, the only Right without conflict. Why have we not found lasting Peace? Because we have settled for a provisional peace within the conflict of this world instead of leaving the battlefield altogether. How about the Joy we want? we have settled for the brief joys of the things we acquire (eating and drinking) in place of the Bread of Life.
Jesus never said we can’t have the temporary things in the world he only pointed out we are doing it backward.
Our GOOD awaits us, it is always there like the sun behind the clouds.