God is Not Siri
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”
– Jeremiah 29:12-13
When Siri was first introduced, my friend’s kids had a blast with her. They would ask her the silliest questions and her response would sometimes be… “I didn’t get that, could you try again?” Or she would say, “I don’t have an answer for that…” They loved hearing her responses so much that they would spend hours asking her strange questions.
When God tells us to call to Him and seek Him, He gives us the answers we need to hear. His answers may seem strange to our human understanding, but they are always right and good.
How do we call on the Lord? We do so by seeking Him! The word “seek” has several Hebrew definitions. The first one is “shakhar” which literally means to wake up and look diligently early in the morning. It doesn’t mean that God only speaks to those who get up early in the morning to do their quiet time (those of us who are not early birds can breathe a sigh of relief). It does, however, denote priority. Prioritizing prayer and seeking God over all other noise in our lives when we first wake up, allows us to better hear God’s answers.
Proverbs 8:17 says: “I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me (shakhar) will find me.”
The other two Hebrew words translated as “seek” are the words “baqash” and “darash.” Both words mean: to ask, desire, request, or consult.
In Jeremiah 29:13, it reads: “You will seek (Baqash) Me and find me when you search (Darash) for Me with all your heart.”
When we search for answers to our life’s problems, we need to first go to the right source. The world, human wisdom, or even Siri do not have the answers, but God does. If we ask Him, He will show us the way. If we seek Him, He will respond. He is the God who has all the answers and will guide us along the way.
Pray: Father, I praise you that you are the source of wisdom and knowledge. Today, I am seeking your direction for_____________. Please make it clear to me what You would have me do and how you would want me to respond. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Women’s Ministry Director
First Baptist Broken Arrow