“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
This past weekend, many a hunter took to the woods hoping to bring home that trophy Buck. They not only hunt to put meet in the freezer but also for the possible opportunity to have a head mount mastered by a local taxidermist to remember the hunt by. I actually have two deer head mounts in our home that my father had taken down on a hunt back around 78′ and 79′. This was an era in his life that he so enjoyed and to look at them each time reminds me of how much joy it brought him to spend those times in the woods.
You see, when I was around thirteen or so years of age, our family was part of a hunting club which consisted of mostly family members & close friends. We would gather just about every weekend to enjoy not only the hunting but the fellowship, food and fun we would all have. It was a time when we could all just leave our cares of the world behind and join nature for a bit of outside adventure & to enjoy God’s marvelous creation. I never did really hunt much as it didn’t interest me much although, I did and still do enjoy eating deer steak and some good ole’ deer summer sausage!
It was actually during these times spent at the deer camp that my dad actually accepted Christ as his savior. He had shared with me on several occasions that it was while hunting one day that he felt convicted of his sins and knew that he needed Christ in his life. He proceeded to put down his .30-06 rifle, knelt down beside a tree stump and asked Jesus into his life. It was then and there that God also called him into the ministry. He immediately enrolled in Bible college and was eventually ordained into the ministry where he held the position of a pastor of two churches during his tenure in the ministry.
Dad entered the woods that day with the hopes of bringing down a trophy buck yet walked out of those same woods carrying a much greater trophy and promise. The promise of eternal life with his Creator and Lord. To God be the Glory!
God also goes hunting. In our opening scripture, we are told that the “…eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) My friend, God is on a hunt each and every day searching, looking, going to and fro for someone whose hearts are passionate towards Him. We are sometimes fooled into thinking that there are billions of people on the earth whose heart is completely sold out to the Lord, but it is plain to see by the actions of so many, that not all hearts are sold out toward Him, or intent on doing His Will.
May each and every one of us who are called by His name, the Holy name of Jesus, be found blameless as we live out our faith for all the world to see. You see God is much more interested in the motivations and intentions of our hearts of why we do what we do in His name than merely the act alone. This is evident as Jesus described in Mathew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Furthermore, the enemy of our souls, satan, could care less how many times we attend church and attend every function which is offered as long as our “worship” unto God isn’t connected to it. You see, religion on the whole has been Satan’s great counterfeit to true spirituality since the very beginning.
My friend, let us examine our walk with God with sincerity each day and may we all be found blameless with hearts innocent and pure as each day passes when God Goes Hunting.
That is awesome about your dad. I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in my living room with no one around. This is an example of letting God out of the box.
For sure…for sure Patrick. Thanks for the comments!