Proverbs 21:21: “Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

Looking for love in all the wrong places? If we did, we would not be in pursuit of the unfailing kind of love. True love originates from the Godhead – Three in One. One could say that the Trinity possesses the patent for love.

In our pursuit of love and righteousness we might have run into plenty of counterfeits throughout our lifetime. I can’t think of a greater disappointment than to discover fake love. This deplorable theme has been the subject of many sad love ballads, one of which was penned by American singer-songwriter Randy VanWarmer in his 1979 hit single: “You left me just when I needed you most.” Somebody pretends to be our friend, or worse, the love of our life, and then leaves us standing in the rain. Should we now close down like an oyster and never trust a soul again? Wouldn’t that be like slicing all remaining tires of our car after having a flat tire? (A relative of mine posted this analogy on Social Media today. Pretty funny, isn’t it?)

The point is to stop expecting great results if we are not treasure-hunting for the genuine gem; we should neither settle with second best by trying to live happily ever after with a fake Diamond.

Let me share an open secret: if you have in your mind to check out God, if you are actively seeking Him out, you will be successful in the end, because God loves to be found. While God is not in the habit of playing hide-and-seek with you, there is a major issue at hand that might trip you up in your God-pursuit. It is very human to look for love in all the wrong places. It is also very human to look for God in all the wrong places. Fake gods equal idolatry. Just as fake friends are a sore disappointment, so are fake gods.

God gave us a compass called conscience. We are definitely not left to our own devices in this world. We have a lot of help. Don’t forget: God wants to be found. He’ll put heaven and hell to work to make that happen. Yes – even hell can be helpful at times. People going through unspeakable tragedies may end up saying “I’ve been through hell in a handbag”. Have you ever noticed that light shines ever more brilliant in the dark? Light is more noticeable in shady places. Finding God during life’s darkest hour is not so unusual, after all. Of course that does not mean that God uses pain to manipulate us. It simply means that pain can sharpen our senses and help us distinguish between counterfeit and original. We know when we’ve struck gold. We know when we’ve found unfailing love.

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