Many of us are seekers of the Truth. Among us, many find Truth in belief in God. Still, many more don’t. They keep on searching but never find God. Or, their search is pushed back to the recesses of the mind.
Left neglected at the back of the mind, a time will come when the desire to find God expires. That date is fixed by us — not God. Isaiah 55: 6 says: “Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.” (The Message)
There is a time “while he’s here to be found … while he is close at hand”. This means that He will not always be here or be close at hand. It is written in the passive, indicating that the active subject “we” is passive, so we don’t find Him.
If we remain passive about our search for God, we won’t find Him. We will reach a point where we give up or other points of view or priorities take precedence and the search for God is abandoned. When we decide He doesn’t exist or we no longer care about it and there’s no turning back, God disappears — ceases to be in our reality. He exists, and continues to influence the world but we won’t experience knowing Him. And, that, really is a terrible thing as is clearly evident around us.
Does that prove He doesn’t exist? No, God has made Himself available and reachable to all, and at any time we turn to Him, He will be found — no matter how long our search — because He always forgives, and so accepts and embraces us as in Isaiah 55: 7 which says: “… Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.” (The Message) His reality in our reciprocal embrace of Him — Immanuel, God with us (Matt 1: 23 (The Message)) — increasingly becomes apparent.
Isaiah 55:6 was strongly impressed on me during my quiet time. There may be some people out there who are giving up the search for God because the circumstances of life are just too unbearable and don’t make sense. Keep searching, my friends. He will be found because He is close at hand!