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Friday, March 13, 2015

Think About It

Poorly We Seek Him
Pastor B.J. Knefley

The other night I woke up with this phrase in my head, “poorly we seek him”. As I went back to sleep I was awakened several more and each time the same phrase was still there. Although I thought about writing it down, I didn’t. Thinking that I would have forgotten it by morning, I was surprised when it was still there in the forefront of my mind. So I wondered, what does this mean exactly? Does it mean anything at all?

Many years ago I was in the hospital with my father who was dying. Each family member would take turns sitting with him as he moved closer to his final hour. One particular time my wife and I were in the room and I had my guitar with me playing and singing different hymns and songs of worship and praise. During this time, my father was quiet and I wasn’t even sure if he was aware of what we were singing or even doing. After about an hour, I stopped playing and started to put my guitar away when my father opened his eyes and asked why I was stopping. I really didn’t have an answer but he went on to rebuke me saying that I had no idea how much praise and worship He the Lord God was deserving of. He went on to tell me that the little that I had been doing just wasn’t enough. I must tell you I was totally shocked by his response as it was out of character for him. But I knew he was serious and was very forceful in his instruction to continue playing and singing.

I’ve often looked back at that time and wondered what my father was experiencing that I was not. He appeared to have the ability to look past the natural life in a manner that I could not, nor could any of my siblings. This event was just one of the things that happened during his final days.

I’ve come to realize that we do seek Him poorly. We’re so caught up in the everyday things of life that we forget that one day we too will be on the end of this life, ready to walk into the next. For me it makes me stop and think about where am I in this relationship with Him. Do I poorly seek Him too? Do you? Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you for this! Even Christians need to think about it. I pray your postings reach the hearts of those who don't know what Christ has done for them.

Tom Maynard said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I too had a similar experience when I was with my father when he was dying. Powerful stuff. I echo, agree and say amen to the previous comment on 6:27. God, please bless us all.

Anonymous said...

Amen!! I myself have found myself so mixed up in the world that I forgot to look to God. Thank you

Skip said...

I haven't been "seeking" him for 48 years and everything in my life is just fine.