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Devotional: July 18th

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I will seek that which was lost, and will bring again that which was driven away. - Ezekiel 34:16

There are two kinds of finding. There is the casual stumbling upon a thing that you were not looking for, and there is the finding as the result of seeking. It is the latter kind that is here. Christ did not casually stumble upon Philip, upon that morning, before they departed from the fords of the Jordan on their short journey to Cana of Galilee. He went to look for another Galilean, one who was connected with Andrew and Peter, a native of the same village. He went and found him; and whilst Philip was all unexpectant and undesirous, the Master comes to him and lays His hand upon him, and draws him to Himself.

Now I say that is what Christ often does with people. There are men like " the merchantman that went all over the world seeking goodly pearls," who, with some eager longing to possess light, or truth, or goodness, or rest, search up and down and find it nowhere, because they are looking for it in a hundred different places. They are expecting to find a little here and a little there, and so piece it all together, and make of the fragments one all-sufficing restfulness. Then, when perhaps they are most eager in their search, or, when perhaps it has all died down into despair and apathy, the veil seems to be withdrawn, and they see Him whom they have been seeking all the time and knew not that He was there beside them. All, and more than all, that they sought for in the many pearls is stored for them in the one Pearl of great price. The ancient covenant stands firm to-day as for ever. " Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

But then there are others, like Paul on the road to Damascus; like Matthew, the publican, sitting at the receipt of custom, on whom there is laid a sudden hand, to whom there comes a sudden conviction, on whose eyes, not looking to the east, there dawns the light of Christ’s presence. Such cases occur all through the ages, for He is not going to be confined - bless His Name! - within the narrow limits of answering, seeking souls, and showing Himself to people that are brought to Him by human instrumentality; but far beyond these bounds He goes, and many a time discloses His beauty and His sweetness to hearts that wist not of Him, and who can only say, " Lo! God was in this place, and I knew it not." "Thou wast found of them that sought Thee not."

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