My life verse is Jeremiah 29:13-14a: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” At first reading, I believed it was a directive – “Seek me with all your heart.” This is something I must do – it is my responsibility to find God. If I do not find Him it is my fault, because I did not seek Him adequately. Anybody else?
But in digging into this verse and studying the words used, I discovered that God is saying something very different. In fact, this is not a directive, so much as it is a promise. A promise I find great hope and comfort in. God is really saying something more like: “When you put forth the effort to seek me and to know me I will set myself in your path so you cannot miss me.” Man, that’s good stuff!! God says all have to do is turn my heart in His direction and He will take it from there. There is also an implication of God ordering my steps so that my path will intersect His.
Take a look at Moses. The Hebrew boy did good. Raised up in Pharaoh’s house with all the wealth and status that goes along with it. But God had a plan for Moses, and He needed Moses to be in a certain desert at a specific time for a particular message. Moses killed an Egyptian and ran. But not aimlessly. He ran to Midian which was near Horeb, where the Lord had planted a certain bush (quite some time before I might add) in a certain desert. Moses took the sheep right where God was waiting for him. But Moses had to turn aside to receive God’s call. He had to approach the burning bush. And the encounter changed Moses’ life and the lives of God’s people forever.
Beloved, God is not playing a game of cosmic hide-and-seek with you. He wants you to find Him. He wants you to know Him. But He wants you to want that too. Make it your heart’s desire to see Him. He will not disappoint you. You will find Him. Right where He’s waiting for you.