My life-verse is Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” David wrote, “You have said to my heart, ‘Seek My face.’ Your face Lord I will seek” (Ps 27:8). Isaiah 45:19 declares, “I have not spoken in secret . . . I have not said, ‘Seek me in vain.’” Paul said that God has placed Himself near us so that when we reach out to Him, we will find Him (see Acts 17:26-28). This is an extraordinary invitation: “If you seek Him, He will be found by you” (1 Chr 28:9).
But understand that we will not just “stumble over” God. Nor is seeking Him a casual glance in His direction on Sunday morning. Seeking God is a life-long, daily, determined pursuit. It is making time every day for Bible study, prayer, and meditating on Him, His character, and His Word. It is allowing nothing to distract us or disrupt our heart’s mission – to know God. 1 Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.”
But get this: God is seeking you too. Jesus declared in John 19:10 – “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Imagine that with me – God; the God of heaven, the Creator of all things, the great and holy I AM, sought you and me out to be His own.
No, it’s not like God has lost sight of you, but you have wandered far from Him, and are lost in a wilderness of your own choices. John 15:4-7 tells the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus said, “Does [the shepherd] not…go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home” (vs. 4,5). The Good Shepherd is on a “search and rescue” mission to find you and restore you and bring you home – and He does so with great Joy.
It is a beautiful two-fold promise. God has pledged that when you seek Him with all your heart, He will make sure you find Him. And when you lose your way, He will seek you and bring you back home. Either way, Beloved, you win. And the prize? Eternity with the One who created you and loves you – and seeks you with all His heart.