Have you ever gone searching for something and discovered that you did all your searching in all the wrong places? I have and then when you find what you are looking for, you discover that it was just exactly where you put it. Sometimes it is just laid down without thinking and it is in the wrong place.
I have discovered when searching for truth, the only place to find it is in the Scriptures. We can search all our lives in the wrong places for peace, joy and love and all the other fruits of the Spirit and never find what really fills the heart up to overflowing, until we decide to go to the Scriptures for the help we need and then all of a sudden we see what we have been missing. It was misplaced on a shelf, on the coffee table for decoration or to make people think we read it and we are Christians and we have to dust it off and bring it out to read and study to find those things we have been searching for in all the wrong places.
We are told to "Seek the Lord while He may be found and to call upon Him while He is near." Isaiah 55:6.
It sounds like we may not always have this blessed privilege. Also in Matthew 7:7 it says, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you." A beautiful promise is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, Then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
The trouble with us as God's people is, "For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus."
The world really has nothing to offer us as far as the heart goes. Only Christ can fill the heart with heavenly attributes and He is willing to do that IF we will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will hear us and heal us of our deformities.
As we have been learning to come into His presence and now while we are in His presence, seek His face and not our own things, we will find what we have been looking for in all the wrong places. The right place to search for what is missing in our lives is God's book, it is a letter of love to us who live in this dark world of sin. So my friends, seek Him while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near and stay in His presence throughout this day, it works wonders in our lives. I can testify to that. Grandma Joan