Four-year-old Corin loved our game of hide-and-seek and loved to be found. The first few rounds, his smiling face was sure to be found under his sister’s bed. Another time when I approached the living room to look for him, he popped out of his hiding place jumping up and down in excitement.
“Seeking the Lord” is a phrase that occurs repeatedly in the Old Testament. Each king of Judah is evaluated on the basis of whether or not he “sought the Lord.” So what does it mean to “seek the Lord”? Is God hiding? Does He want to be found?
I checked the Internet to find out what people are “seeking” these days. The list includes shelter, financial assistance, donors, suspects, election, a mate, truth, a more intense than to merely look for something that’s lost or someone who’s hiding. People who “seek” the things listed above have a strong desire and are pro-active about getting what they want or need.
So if I seek God, I will be pro-active in thinking about Him, doing what He wants, enjoying His greatness, beauty, and worth. John Piper says it’s “a conscious…focusing of our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection on God.” (Here’s his very good article on seeking God: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/what-does-it-mean-to-seek-the-lord
And it’s the opposite of mental coasting. We know which direction coasting will take us, don’t we?