Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time
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!
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.
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
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
More Sundown Devotionals
- Sundown Devotional: The Rainbow in the Clouds
Rainbows hang from the sky like a drop-down from God’s universal menu to remind us of His love, His control and His protection over us. Look for His rainbow in the clouds and benefit from His promises.
- Sundown Devotional: Beyond Human Expectations
"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts." (John Calvin) This can be your personal experience.
The Search Poll
For which of the following do you send the most time searching?
© 2019 Dora Weithers