Finding God

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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.

3 thoughts on “Finding God

  1. My dear sister…I believe there are 2 parts to being saved by grace… Yes we have to seek the Lord with ALL of our heart, mind, soul, and strength… But we are dead in our trespasses… (Ephesians 2:1) Jesus tells us that God must first draw us in, or we won’t see the kingdom of heaven, in John 6:44… We must understand and obey the gospel of Christ, or Jesus tells us in the following scripture what will happen if we don’t…

    2 Thessalonians 1:8-9… in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (NKJV)

    We also read in this scripture, that it is God’s will, that we are saved, in…

    John 1:11-13… He came to His [a]own, and His [b]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [c]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (NKJV)

    We hear or read the gospel of Christ, known as the general call… But is is the effectual call we hear and respond to with ALL of our heart…because our hearts are regenerated BEFORE we can seek the Lord with ALL…

    These 2 parts of being saved by grace seem to be contrary to each other… Nevertheless, both are true… This to me, is a mystery we will never be able to wrap our arms around…

    This is how I understand salvation… Always willing to learn and grow in my knowledge and wisdom of the Word !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

    • Thanks Bruce, always delighted to hear from you!
      Considering that in Jeremiah 29, God is talking to His own people, to those He has already established a relationship with, this verse is a promise to the people in relation to the Babylonian exile. It is not a call to salvation. The Bible is clear that we do not desire salvation until God stirs that up in us through His Holy Spirit. No man will seek God and be saved until God first draws Him.
      My intention in writing this was to encourage those already in a relationship with God to know and believe that He is calling them to seek Him with the intention that He will make Himself known to them. Not for salvation, but for deeper intimacy.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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