As I go through life, many times simply trying to get through the next big hurdle, trying to meet the next deadline, or achieve my next self imposed goal, (not to be confused with a Kingdom goal) I can get pretty absorbed in mundane matters before I know it. When I start down this road, I catch myself eventually and remind myself of the dangers of this road if traveled for too long.
This is when I pause, take a look around and study my life, in search of the fingerprints of God. Where can I find evidence of His touch? His influence? His beauty? When I find where there is evidence of His touch, I put myself on that track for a while instead of the mundane subject I happen to be immersed in. I do this because where there is evidence of God’s touch, there is evidence of something He cares about and something therefore worth investing time and focus on.
There are also times when all of us feel abandoned by God. The Fire seems to be burning a bit lower than it did before, our incentive to resist the flesh and the enemy seems to diminish as we lose sight of God in our lives. We can feel empty and void of purpose. Void of His love and acceptance.
When these times come, we will also do well to search for the fingerprints of God—because He did not quit His job just because of our feelings or circumstances. Many times we can still find evidence of activity influenced by God in our lives if we pare back our external vision, and take a deep look at our lives through spiritual lenses. If so, latch on to it and go from there.
If even this fails, then perhaps we need to resort to sources outside of ourselves. Whatever we need to do to find the fingerprints of God. If they cannot be discerned within then look around.
Surely, even though we may not see with our own discernment evidence of God’s influence in our own lives, we can find it all around us. Like I said, He did not quit His job.
Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. —ESV
Here we can see that the attributes of God can be discerned through the things that are made. So if all else fails, glorify God for His creation. Glorify Him for His word—at least itnever changes. At all costs we must seek Him and find Him and give Him the glory He is due. We must develop that kind of hunger and thirst for His presence, even if we cannot seem to find Him within.
Not that He ever left us, but sometimes it takes a seeking, and a pushing past our perceptions before He becomes evident to us again.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. –ESV
So let’s seek Him by faith, no matter our feelings or circumstances, and look for His fingerprints all around us and within us and in His word, to guide us there—and he will certainly reward us.