LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

When is it the easist to turn our gaze to our God? 

Is it when we are exhausted and to the point of hopelessness? Or is it in the moments of celebratory praise? Or perhaps it is simply when  our heart is positioned just right during a particular season? 

Jesus never spoke of the various ups and downs of life when He commanded us to pursue after the Father. He spoke of prioritizing Him before all else, and despite all else. 

BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU.
— MATT 6:33

In other words, Jesus tells us that provision comes from getting after God - that as His children, we should leave no stone unturned in looking for the Kingdom. And that by simply searching for Him in all possible places, He will provide. 

In whatever circumstance we are currently in, God has already been there working and is asking for us to look to him to do even more, to provide even more.  

And this is the beauty in searching God out. He's actually already found us and is simply waiting for our gaze to settle upon His face. He's ready to do incredible things within us. With our open-handedness and with our surrender. 

THEY FOUND THE STONE ROLLED AWAY FROM THE TOMB. BUT WHEN THEY ENTERED, THEY DID NOT FIND THE BODY OF THE LORD JESUS.
— LUKE 24:2-3

The beginning of our provision begins with our redemption. 

And a stone that was rolled away. A stone that was not left unturned.

And before that? Surrender. 

Jesus gave himself up in surrender. Then he departed from a tomb of death to seek after the Father. His actions left a final imprint on what it means to be in pursuit of the Kingdom. Showing us that we can walk from what seems like a dismal ending into a righteous new beginning. 

But imagine this image becoming less of a postcard and more of a permanent background to our daily lives. What could that mean? What does the provision of the Father look like? 

I’LL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART. I’LL PUT A NEW SPIRIT IN YOU. I’LL CUT OUT YOUR STONE HEART AND REPLACE IT WITH A RED-BLOODED, FIRM-MUSCLED HEART...YOU’LL BE MY PEOPLE! I’LL BE YOUR GOD!
— EZK 11:19

In a word. Life. 

In several? God leaves no stone unturned. Especially in the depths of our heart. He frees us from stones of depression, hopelessness, insecurity, unworthiness, purposelessness, and any and all other pebbles that exist to block us from living full lives.

From here, it can seem that these stones are impossible to roll away -just as many thought the one barricading Jesus was. If we can believe that Jesus walked freely from that tomb of death, so we can also believe that we are able to walk freely from our own self-created ones.  

This is  the foundation of our faith.

This is the daily provision of God.

This is what it looks like to seek after Him. 

And this is where I am starting- surrender. Then, belief that though circumstances seem dark and I feel immobile from ceremonial wrappings of the world - that because He rose, I can too. That in Him, I am free from the tomb I've been living in, and dear friend, so are you. 

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