C.S. Lewis was was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is probably best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote numerous other works, including “The Problem of Pain” from where the quotes in this series were taken.
“It is good for us to know love, and best for us to know the love of the best object, God. But to know it as a love in which we were primarily the wooers and God the wooed, in which we sought and He was found, in which His conformity to our needs, not ours to His, came first, would be to know it in a form false to the very nature of things.”
You might have to read that again, slowly, a few times. The idea is that we seek God only after he has called us first. In John 10:27 we read “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
There is a seeking after God. It happens after He draws us to Himself.
Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” Here we are told to seek after God. This is not a contradiction. We will obey this, we will seek God, we will step out in faith, when He draws us near.
It’s an amazing thought. It puts life into a different perspective. It puts GoD at the center, not man. And that is comforting.