Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time

Updated on October 25, 2019
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together on the back porch, as the sun sets on the workweek. Away from the stressful workplace and hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on searching. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

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The Devotional

A time to search and a time to quit searching.
Ecclesiastes 3:6 NLT

In the US dollar store, I found a familiar brand of bath soap costing as you probably guessed, only one dollar. I had paid much more on the Caribbean island where I first bought it. So, for months I shopped at a large grocery store, then drove to the dollar store to purchase my soap―until I discovered that the same soap sold at that same large grocery store for only ninety-eight cents. The first bargain had sidetracked me from searching for the best bargain.

The lesson? Keep searching. We have been instructed to search for strength (1 Chronicles 16:11); peace (Psalm 34:14); faithful companionship (Psalm 101:6); wisdom, insight and understanding (Proverbs 2: 2-4), all ingredients which can improve our lives. One quick try will not yield all we need or all we can get. It takes time.

And don’t forget the ongoing search, with all our heart and soul, for God Himself (Deuteronomy 4:29). We often spend more time complaining, self-pitying, blaming and wondering than searching for God and the provisions He promises.

Intentional search includes serious Bible study and study of other sacred writings, earnest prayer, focused meditation and evaluation of the situation in which we find ourselves. Sometimes literal searches for information and skills are also necessary. The intensity of our search mirrors the intensity of our desire.

We can find the time and effort for these searches when we quit searching for self-aggrandizement, for cheap thrills, and for anything which has the potential to destroy ourselves and others. Let’s take inventory of the searches we engage in, and keep searching for God’s best.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise that those who search will find. Please help us to search with all our hearts. May we keep searching and finding for the rest our lives, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Continuing the Search

  • We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls. ― Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in fight, searching the skies for dreams. ― Haruki Murakami
  • No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. ― Paulo Coelho
  • Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread . . . for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying. ― Studs Terkel
  • You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life. ― Paulo Coelho

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Evaluating the Search

  • Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. ― Rumi
  • I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there. ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Never lose yourself in search of other people's acceptance and approval. ― Roy T. Bennett
  • Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand, and what you've been up there searching for forever, is in your hands. ― Carrie Underwood
  • When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners . . . until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us.― Tom Robbins

The Search Poll

For which of the following do you send the most time searching?

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Questions & Answers

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      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. Glad you like the quotes. The more I search the more good ones I find.

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        Devika Primic 

        2 weeks ago

        Dora you have an interesting hub of this title and the quotes well chosen.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Manatita. Feels great to have you back with such kind and friendly encouragement.

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        manatita44 

        6 weeks ago from london

        Beautiful reflections and worthy of note. I see that you are quoting Rumi. You will not go wrong, there. I like your title and its explanations. Nice!

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        Antonio50S 

        6 weeks ago

        Quote ( Tom Robbins ) "When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us"

        Yesterday i bought 3 books. This is what is says in one of them. ( The Game of Life and How to Play it ) All about LOVE.

        "Real love is selfless and free from fear. It pours itself out upon the object of it's affection, WITHOUT demanding any return. Its joy is in the joy of giving. Love is God in manifestation, and the strongest magnetic force in the universe. Pure unselfish love draws to itself its own; it does not need to seek or demand. Scarcely anyone has the faintest conception of real love. Man is selfish, tyrannical or fearful in his affections, thereby LOSING the thing he loves"

        Not to sure why i quoted from this book ? Maybe it's show ALL of US are incomlete in one sense or another, even the person we think has the ability to complete us. Truth is, there's only one person that's infallible, that can meet our every needs, and complete us in every way. ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 ) "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ"

        Forward in the Future. ( Psalm 145:16 NIV ) "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing" Or more correctly on this "partucular" Verse. God is OPENING his hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing.

        Basically, we human beings are just to limited in our abilities to make others totally complete. Rather than put our trust in others to complete us, Only God can do that for us. In return, we can pour our affections on others much better without expecting anything in return. That's what God did for us via Jesus. Truly Unconditional Love.

        Just my thoughts again.

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        Antonio50S 

        6 weeks ago

        Just wanted to explain my view on Searching, and finding.

        A number of faith groups and Institutions feel that having all the correct doctrines equate to finding what we're searching for, or finding the "Truth" as some put it. But in reality the truth we find is NOT necessarily anything to do with having ALL the correct doctrines. The bible does say keep hold of the deep truths ( 1 Timothy 3:9 ) but them truths were all mainly in relation to Jesus himself being the fulfillment of that truth. It's important having the right understanding of some doctrines, but God is NOT going to judge people wrongly because they understand things a little differently.

        When paul said, I appeal to you that you all speak in agreement, i don't think he meant, we should all literally think the same thoughts and be in agreement on every point. ( 1 Cor 1:10 ) What he meant was learning to put differences to one side for the greater good of the Gospel message. That takes humility, and by doing things that way, it also promotes unity as well. But ultimately, Jesus will be the final Judge. That judgement will be based on "HEART" issues, NOT on erroneous beliefs which can be corrected at a latter date when we have a better understanding of things.

        NIV ( Life Application Study Bible ) Note on ( 1 Cor 1:10 ) "Believers share a unity that runs even deeper than that of blood brothers and sisters"

        Since no faith group or Institution agrees on everything anyway, then it's best not to let "Old Nick" get in between US and that "TRUTH" by causing divisions, by putting doubts in the mind. The truth is Bigger than all that. Solomon found that out himself, but Jesus is the Geater Solomon and ultimate Truth. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" Jesus.

        Just my thoughts on Searching and Finding.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, thanks for your input. That Solomon episode is worth remembering.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Hi Bill, they say it's always sundown somewhere. So you're welcome anytime of day. Thanks for you continual support.

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        Antonio50S 

        6 weeks ago

        Solomon realised through all his Searchings, God is the only one who gives meaning and purpose to everything we do. ( Ecclesiastes 12:13 ) Fear God. Meaning "Reverential Awe" in recognition of Gods sovereignty in all areas of life.

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        William Kovacic 

        6 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Wonderful thoughts to start the day, Dora. Yes, I realize it's Sundown, but whatever works! Still good stuff, and I thank you very much.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sean, thanks for your input. Your statement, "Searching is, some times, more important than finding!" would be great just after mine that you quoted. Bless you, Sean.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, I'm happy that the devotional meets your satisfaction. I'm encouraged.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        UT, glad that you found some inspiration. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, RJ. Hope you also had a happy Sabbath. Of course, our search must include the Word of God. So many precious gems there.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. Same happy weekend wishes to you, and let's keep searching for what we need.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        7 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        "We often spend more time complaining, self-pitying, blaming and wondering than searching for God and the provisions He promises."

        This line is one we have to write it in a place we can see it every morning. It can literally save our lives from misery. You are an artist of devotional, my dear sister! Thank you for the "sunbeams"!

        Searching is, some times, more important than finding!

        Sean

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        Antonio50S 

        7 weeks ago

        Just for now. I think this is one of the BEST devotionals you wrote about. This is what devotionals are all about.

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        ut kashy 

        7 weeks ago

        I enjoyed your article. The quotes are inspiring. Thanks for your wisdom.

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        RJ Willo 

        7 weeks ago

        I really enjoyed reading your hubpage on searching. As we search through His word we become enlightened and His Word acts like a catalyst in our search for other things. Thanks again happy sabbath to you. Keep up the good work

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love the quotes, especially the Rumi one. I like your advice to keep searching, too. I hope you have a good weekend, Dora.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Liz, distractions get the best of us quite often. The search tests our perseverance, so we just get back on track again and again until it becomes a habit.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        I really appreciate the gentle way that you nudge us onto the right path through your devotionals. I would love to be able to honestly tick the spiritual enrichment box, but I too often get way laid by life's distractions.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thank you, Rev. Your comment is very encouraging.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Dear Caribbean Friend, thanks for reading and commenting. Please pray with me for that wisdom.

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        Margaret Minnicks 

        7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

        MsDora, I was very edified by reading your article. You explained searching for something in a way that makes a lot of sense. I love the quotes you shared. Thanks!

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        Caribbean friend 

        7 weeks ago

        Happy Sabbath Eve. What words of wisdom. I am truly blessed. Continue these inspirational writings. May God continue to give you wisdom

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. I almost chose "Quit Searching" as a subtitle for those quotes, then I realized that I do not have the right to advise that. Better for each individual to evaluate his or her search and decide whether to continue or to begin another.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        7 weeks ago from USA

        This was especially good today. I liked the quotes under evaluating the search.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill, for reminding us to search on the inside. That's easy to forget--and for decades!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Eric. Your serious humor reflects the faulty thinking of some that one individual can do the searching for another. Usually, we're not lazy when we seriously need something, or someone, even God. Sharing Him means that you've found Him.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Pamela. We're on the same page about searching for a lifetime. There's always more to be found.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Christine, thanks for your input, for underscoring the truth that "The best things in life are the ones worth searching for."

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Lori. I appreciate your testimony of searching for and finding God. So, true: it starts with a yearning for Him.

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        Bill Holland 

        7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I spent decades searching, which is a bit odd considering my "prize" was inside of me all along. Boy oh boy, did I feel foolish. :) Wishing you a brilliantly lovely weekend. Thank you for the inspiration.

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        Eric Dierker 

        7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I like to track animals in the wild. I go fishing without a hook sometimes. Doing legal research is one of my favorite hobbies.

        That is so funny about the dollar store. I have been busted like that too. And so I keep searching.

        I think I am lazy about searching for God. It is like I have found Him. That is crazy. Today I will spend some effort searching for someone who needs our love.

        This is inspirational and instructional. I better not let you do the searching for me ;-)

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I think we should be searchig throughout our lives to be enlightened by God's word. I really liked the comments by various famous people also. I like your series on your Friday night prayer group.

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        Christine Hulme 

        7 weeks ago from SE Kent, England

        So true. The best things in life are the ones worth searching for. Not instant gratification or superficial, outward religion that the world offers, but a life searching after the God who created us out of love and therefore knows us the best. Thank you for sharing!

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        Lori Colbo 

        7 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

        As I read this I thought about yearning for God which often leads us to search for him. As the deer pants for the water brook so my soul pants for You, O God. (Psalm 42:1).

        I came to Christ because such yearning for the truth of who God really is and a desire to have an intimate connection with Him.

        This is a rich and meaningful devotional. May the Lord use it to bring others to search for Him

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