But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 4: 29

The object of this message is Israel, but it could be any one of thousands upon thousands of people who have lived throughout history and who are with us today. So, that begs the question, where are those people? Like Israel was when it was taken into captivity in Egypt, they are far away from God, and the distance has been the result of their own thoughts, words, and actions. Any relational walls that exist have been constructed by those far off people, and all of the instances where the wandering people have felt estrangement from God or lack of connection with Him have come about because the people have turned their hearts and the reason of their minds toward other objects for the expression of their love and worship. But God is defined by grace, and His heart is attuned to the needs and to the desires of all people, even these lost ones that have rejected Him. God is open and receptive to their desire to find Him and to enter once again into a relationship with Him.

In the days of Moses, the Lord was willing to reach out into the dark corners of the world and to commission and send a great leader to the enslaved Israelites. So, Moses was there with them in order to do God’s will among the Egyptians so that their power and control over the destiny of the Israelites was defeated. In more recent times, God sent Jesus to join with us in our struggles with sin as it attempts to exert the same sort of power and control over us. Jesus performed the redemptive work that the Father directed Him to do, and He set us free from enslavement to all that is anti-love, spiritually broken, and dedicated to a death that is preferred to living fully in the presence of God. As God used Moses to lead His people back into relationship with Him, so too has He sent Jesus to show us the way into that eternal relationship that has its beginning in this life and that continues unabated for all time, even through the infinite years that exist beyond an earthly grave.

It is never too late to seek the Lord, and no one has traveled beyond the boundary of Christ’s redemptive reach. We may have known God at one point in our lives; yet, we have walked away from Him and gone off on a journey of our own choosing. Still, the Lord is not far removed from where we are dwelling. Christ does not ask us to change all of the aspects of life in order to be suitable for His presence. He takes who we are as being sufficient, and He accepts what we are doing as being satisfactory for His grace to enter in to even the darkest places in our hearts and our minds. Christ brings the light of truth into the world’s oppressive darkness as He casts the hopeful light of the dawn of a new day before us. This is a day when the oppressive weight of slavery is to be removed from our backs and the harsh demands of the world’s idols will be set aside and cast down in favor of the lightness and joy that flows out of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, for any who are far away, this is a good day to turn to the Lord and to seek after His presence with an open and a receptive heart.