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John the Baptist saw Jesus pass by and declared, “Look, the Lamb of God!” Upon this pronouncement, two of his curious disciples followed Jesus, prompting Him to ask a question.

What do you want?

In Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God, author Donna Jones uses Jesus’ question to spark our curiosity, to explore the idea of a relationship with Almighty God. Finding Him is not rocket science or a mystery to solve. He is not hiding from us. “God wants you to know that a relationship with Him is possible,” she says, “There’s only one requirement: You have to want it.”

What do you want?

The question stymies me. What do I want from God? What do you want from God? What does it take to know Him? Is it possible to relate to an invisible being as a friend or father?

Many years ago, like those disciples, I took a fascination to Jesus. In confirmation class, my pastor told us of God’s desire to know each human being personally, of Jesus’ willingness to die on a cross for each one of us. In essence he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” I was curious, dare I say hopeful, that it could be true, that God might want me in a way no one else had. I started following the only way I knew how — reading my Bible, praying, going to youth group. Yet now, decades later, that question pricks something in me.

What do you want?

A lot happens in the course of a lifetime. I’ve struggled through trials, disappointments, pain, grief. I’m still following, but I’ve been knocked off course a few times and when I see that question — What do you want? — I am struck. Though I’ve been following Jesus for a long time, sometimes I wonder if I do it “right.” When He doesn’t answer prayers to my liking, I doubt Him. When I am confused or hurt or lonely, I wonder if He cares. I place expectations on Him for His favor and blessing and protection. I see that I want what He offers, but do I want Him?

What do you want?

“The key to meeting God,” Donna says, “is to allow yourself to explore Him as He is, not merely as you perceive Him to be.” God wants us to know Him, but not the fairy godmother version we’ve cooked up in our imaginations. God wants us to know the righteous, gracious, faithful, just Creator of the universe whose ways are far beyond our understanding. His Word affirms this is possible.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

What do you want?

Those disciples following Jesus answered His question with another, “Where are you staying?” It sounds like undertones of many questions to me. “Where can we find you? Where do you live? How can we know you?” Jesus answers them with a call for us all.

Come, and you will see.

Do you want to know the living God? If you already know Him, do you want to have a better perspective of Him? Are you seeing Him correctly, hearing Him accurately, really knowing Him? What can you do?

Come, and you will see.

Join us as we read
SEEK: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God
by Donna Jones
Leave a comment answering the ultimate question:
“What do you want?”

Here’s our reading schedule:

  • April 17 ~ Introduction
  • April 24 ~ Ch.1-2
  • May 1 ~ Ch.3-4
  • May 8 ~ Ch.5-6
  • May 15 ~ Ch.7-8
  • May 22 ~ Ch.9-10
  • May 29 ~ Ch.11-12

Join us here next Friday as we discuss Ch.3-4!

 

Tami Boesiger

Tami has been leading Bible studies for over 20 years, speaks regularly to women’s groups, writes Christian musicals, and is working on a Master’s degree in counseling. She lives in Beatrice, Nebraska where she's married to Kevin, a Creative Arts Pastor. She is the grateful mother of four crazy and wonderful human beings and last year was thrilled to add the title "mother-in-law" to her list. Twice.

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