I wondered about the word, “seek” in the first verse. Lutheran theology tells us that it is God who seeks us. The passage tells us to seek God when God is near. So how does God come near to me? When might I sense the presence of God? In a worship service? During a walk in the woods? I might find God in caring conversation with another Christian or in helping someone in need. “Turning back to God” seems an important part of this passage. How can I turn to God when there are so many things that distract me? It takes intentionality to focus on what God is trying to say to me. Thankfully I am assured that God easily forgives - pardons abundantly. I always have another chance. Then at the end, this passage reminds me that God is bigger than me, more loving than me, more compassionate than me. Humility is needed when I have to turn back to God again and again, always remembering that God is a mystery.
Let us pray. Dear God, help me to be persistent in turning back to you, despite all the distractions in my life. Forgive me for not having a focus on you. Help me to remember that I am limited in my perspective and understanding. Amen.