This morning I was reading the very familiar passage in Jeremiah 29:11 … “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans of welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”
But what I find is that most people stop there.
We all want good in our lives, hope, and a future …. but the next verse continues with the thought of “seeking” “searching” and “finding” God …. the process and action part of actually looking for God.
But do we truly look for God? I began pondering this, and asking God, how exactly He desires me to look for Him, to search for Him, to seek.
I imagine sitting in a room full of believers as they discuss the standard answers that come instantly to mind … prayer, reading, studying and searching God’s Word for truth. All true and good answers.
But deeper thoughts become apparent. In addition to reading His word, I need to apply and live His word. As I do, I become aware of who God truly is. He becomes a live tangible part of what I do every day.
Seeking, Searching, Finding …. my ultimate hearts desire.
I press on hoping that as I do, God will reveal all of Himself to me. But it takes action on my part to “look” for God … in his Word, in opportunities and within my own heart, knowing that only He can satisfy and be the “good,” the “hope” and “future” I desire.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with ALL of your heart. And I will be found by you, declares the Lord!”
The process continues in my own life. The questions still push forward in my thoughts. But today, I will seek, I will search and I will look for God …. knowing that in Him I will find the answers!