If you authentically seek God on his terms, you will find him. If you “seek” a god of your own making, you will not find him.
That may sound obvious, but think about how so many people in our culture think that all religions lead to God. Lots of false teachers in churches will tell you such things.
Consider if you went to a company for a job and demanded that they hire you on your terms. Hey, go ahead and ask for a million dollar salary and unlimited vacation. Ridiculous, eh? But only a tiny fraction as ridiculous as thinking you are going to tell God how things get done.
What makes anyone think they get to dictate the terms of the universe and eternal life to the one true God? Pride. Satan (“Did God really say . . .?”).
God sets the terms, not us. In fact, his first commandments make that explicit.
Be bold in prayer, but know that God still sets the terms. Seek him earnestly, but on his terms.
Where do you find his terms? In the Bible. They are actually quite generous. All you have to do is repent and believe. No good deeds required – though in response to his mercy and grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit you’ll be inspired to do good deeds. Better yet, not only are all your sins forgiven but God will credit Jesus’ perfect righteousness to your account.
If you “seek” a god of your own making, you will not find the one true God. If you’ve been doing that, stop kidding yourself. Eternity is a mighty long time.
If you authentically seek God on his terms, you will find him.
Acts 17:26–27 (ESV) And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,