Question: "What does it mean to find God?"
Answer: To “find God” can mean different things to different people. For some, the phrase is synonymous with “getting religion,” whatever religion that may be. For others, it means “cleaning up one’s life,” usually with the help of a higher power. It is sometimes used derogatorily to describe a spiritual transformation of questionable authenticity. In any case, to “find God” involves a change in someone’s attitude and/or behavior.
Biblically speaking, to find God means to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is only through Jesus that anyone can come to God (John 14:6), and receiving Christ results in a spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, to find God is to recognize one’s need of salvation and exercise faith in Christ. The result of finding God is living the Christian life.
The Bible says that we do not naturally seek God (Psalm 14:2-3). God commands us to forsake our sin and seek Him (Isaiah 55:6-7). The Lord gives mercy and goodness to those who seek and find Him (Psalm 9:10; 22:26).
It is God’s desire to be found. He delights in forgiveness, and He is close to all who would call on Him. As Paul taught, “God [deals with us] so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).