“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
The verse of the day promises that we will find God and his will when we seek him with all our hearts.
If that’s the case, why is God so difficult to understand? Why is it so hard to find God and his will?
The key is the phrase “when you seek me with all your heart.” Discovering God and God’s will takes great effort. In fact, it will take our ultimate commitment and pursuit. This is not a half-hearted effort. Pursuing God and God’s truth will take our greatest commitment.
Let me explain it this way.
How does a couple grow in emotional intimacy? How does a couple grow closer together? Knowing another requires great commitment and effort. There are times when it is so much easier to let things be, to leave things alone. In fact, there are times when it would be easier to leave the relationship than to work through the difficulties and misunderstandings. But when we do, we will never experience intimacy. We will never be truly known and we will truly never know another.
When things get hard what keeps couples together is not a feeling of warmness for one another but commitment. It’s the determined commitment that one has to another that keeps us in the conversation. It takes great effort, work, determination, and commitment.
The same is true with God. What do you think seeking God with all your heart means? It means to make knowing God your ultimate priority and importance. It means to seek God and his righteousness above all other things.
What does it mean to seek God first? It has to start with seeking God first in God’s word. You have to be committed to reading, studying, and understanding God’s word. Secondly, it means being committed to worshiping in a church where the Word of God is faithfully preached. Not someone’s idea of what God is. But preaching God’s word as it is. Thirdly, it means being committed to studying the Bible with others.
I confess that I don’t consistently live that way. And it’s when I don’t that I lose my way, and the same is true for you as well.
This is your friendly reminder. God loves you. God wants what’s best for you. God already has a plan for your best to be a reality. So seek God. Seek God first and all these things will be added to you as well.
Join me in recommitting ourselves to seek God with all our heart.
God bless you!