December 14, 2010 | 02:51 pm

Tuesday – Hyper-Present God

Based on yesterday’s blog, if God is hyper-present, why do so many people have trouble experiencing God? Jesus has an interesting teaching about this. He said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). To capture the force of the Greek, it may be better to read it as “keep on asking, keep on searching, keep on knocking” and you will find what you’re looking for. It is through the searching itself that we experience God’s transformative presence. When we stop searching, we are no longer attuned to the God who is with us. We’re accustomed to thinking that the search is only important because it is the means to find what we’re looking for. And once we find it, we can stop looking. Here we are invited to continue our seeking and searching because it is through this that we open ourselves to the unexpected and surprising ways we can experience God. As it says in the Psalms, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (34:10)