Seek and ye shall find


A.W. Pink

There is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11). It was God who sought out and called Abram while yet an idolater. It was God who sought Jacob at Bethel when he was fleeing from the consequences of his wrong doing. It was God who sought Moses while a fugitive in Midian. It was Christ who sought out the apostles while they were engaged in fishing, so that He could say, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15:16). It was Christ who, in His ineffable love, came to seek and to save that which was lost. It is the Shepherd who seeks the sheep, and not the sheep that seek the Shepherd.

How true it is that “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). It was not Adam who sought God, but God who sought Adam. And this has been the order ever since. O, that we might appreciate more deeply the marvelous condescension of Deity in stooping so low as to care for and seek out such poor worms of the dust.

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye!” [Deut 32:10]

“He found him in a desert land.” It needs hardly to be said that the word “found” necessarily implies a “search.” Here then we have presented to our view the amazing spectacle of a seeking God! Sin came in between the creature and the Creator, causing alienation and separation. Not only so, but, as the result of the Fall, every human being enters this world with a mind that is “enmity against God.” Consequently, there is none that seeketh after God. Therefore, God, in His marvelous condescension and grace, becomes the Seeker.

The word “found” not only implies a search but, when we consider the sinful character and unworthiness of the objects of His search, it also tells of the love of the Seeker. The great God becomes the Seeker because He set His heart upon those whom He marked out to be the recipients of His sovereign favors. God had set His heart upon Abraham, and therefore did He seek and find him amid the heathen idolaters in Ur of Chaldea.

God set His heart upon Jacob, and therefore did He seek out and find him as a fugitive from his brother’s vengeance, when he lay asleep on the bare earth. So too it was because He had loved Moses with an everlasting love that the Lord sought out and found him in Midian, at “the backside of the desert.” Equally true is this with every real Christian living in the world today: “I was found of them that sought me not; I was manifest unto them that asked not after me (Rom. 10:20).

Has God “found” YOU?

To help you answer this question, ponder the remainder of the first clause of our text: “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness.” Is that how this world appears unto you? Do YOU find everything under the sun only “vanity and vexation of spirit”? Are YOU made to groan daily at what you witness on every hand? Do you find that the world furnishes nothing to satisfy the heart, yea nothing to even minister to it? Is the world, really, a “waste howling wilderness” to YOU?

Let a second test be applied: when God truly “finds” one of His own He reveals Himself. He imparts to the soul a realization of His sovereign majesty, His awe-some power, His ineffable holiness, His wondrous mercy. Has He thus made Himself known unto you? Has He given you, in any measure, a vision of His Divine glory, His sovereign grace, His wondrous love? Has He? “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the 0ne true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

Here is a third test: If God has revealed Himself, He has given you a sight of yourself, for in His light we “see light.” A most humbling, painful, and never-to-be-forgotten experience this is. When God was revealed to Abraham, he said, “I am but dust and ashes” (Gen. 18:27). When He was revealed to Isaiah, the prophet said, “Woe is me for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isa. 6:5). When God revealed Him-self to Job, he said, “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6) – note, not merely I abhor my wicked ways, but my vile self.


Have you discovered your depravity and lost condition? Have you found there is not a single good thing in you? Have you seen yourself to be fit for and deserving only of hell? Have you, truly? THEN that is good evidence, yea, it is proof positive that the Lord God has “found” you. Hallelujah!


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