However fervently we may seek – or help others find – God, we can take heart and trust that God is pursuing each of us.
The Bible is rich with evidence. God went looking for sinful, ashamed Adam in the Garden of Eden. God pursued bewildered but faithful Noah, made Abraham the father of a great nation, wrestled with Jacob, empowered Moses, trusted Job, forgave David, delivered Daniel from the fire and the lion’s den, and visited righteous prophecy on countless seers.
If we learn nothing else from the Old Testament, it is that God relentlessly pursues active relationship with flawed humans … humans He created perfectly in His image with freedom and love and humans who regularly succumb to the overwhelming temptation to try to be God instead of being satisfied worshipping God, accepting His love, glorifying His name, and obeying His laws.
As clearly as God told humans – specifically His chosen nation Israel – what they should and should not do, humans rebelled. They made golden idols, insisted on earthly kings, and worshipped God’s laws with personal pride rather than humble obedience. They made an unseemly show of earthly works and a shamble of divine faith. They confused internal righteousness with outward appearance.
Something had to give and God gave … again.
God sent His son Jesus – the Word became flesh (John 1:14), fully God, fully human, the only perfect human – into the world to reset the perfection humanity lost in the fall and restore humanity’s righteous relationship with God. That’s the New Covenant, the basic doctrine of the Christian faith: the perfectly human Jesus reconnecting mankind, in pure faith, with a perfectly righteous and eternal God.
We predominantly focus on God’s forgiveness of sin through Christ, but Jesus gives us so much more: adoption into the kingdom of God; participation in the divine life; sharing God’s glory; communion with the saints; eternal life; dwelling in heaven; and the perfect love, mercy, compassion and peace of God.
In pursuit of us, God sent His healing glory into this world in the perfect humanity of Jesus. If I’m going to find God and any part of myself worth finding – it’s a work in progress – it will be in the only human perfection or divine righteousness I can know: through faith and in relationship with the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ.
The whole world groans in longing for the restoration of God’s perfect Creation, which is the ultimate promise of Jesus. As we go looking for God, we will find our perfect humanity and true selves only in the perfect person of Jesus Christ.
Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org), citing 1 John 4:7-8, deduces that God doesn’t come looking for us with wrath but with love.