Jeremiah 29:13 – And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Why does God want you to search for Him with all your heart? It is not that He’s trying to be elusive, but that He wants to strengthen you. You see, the only way we will be prepared for the ages to come is if we learn how to pray, worship, and walk by faith this side of eternity. He doesn’t respond to those who seek Him half-heartedly. In his exposition of Jeremiah 29:10-14 in ‘Preaching‘, Yates makes the following powerful observation: “God’s Word to His people in the day of Jeremiah is still His sure word for men who have sinned and lost touch with the Infinite. No perfunctory gesture of interest can procure the rich treasure that is more valuable than all gold. He is always available. His longing is that all men may look to Him and live. His arms are always open in loving invitation to any who will turn to Him. It is just as true, however, that a diligent search is necessary. One who becomes conscious of his need, senses the satisfying gift of God, and sets out to find Him can be sure of victory if he seeks with his whole heart. Cleansing, peace, joy, victory will be his at the hand of a loving God who delights to welcome His children home.”
Notice that God says “And you will seek Me.” This is a powerful statement all on its own. He does not say “If you seek Me” or “When you get around to seeking Me.” He says you will seek Me and when you do, you will find Me. What a wonderful promise God makes to those of us that need Him so desperately. You have probably guessed your challenge for this week already. Seek the Lord. Go to Him and make your requests known with the assurance that He will be there to listen to you and answer you. Are you lost? Ask Him for directions. Are you hurting? He will bring comfort to you. Are you confused? He can bring clarity and wisdom to your mind. Are you thankful for the things He has done for you? He invites you to bring Him your praises. Now is the time to seek the Lord. As Isaiah says in Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” My friend, He is closer that you may actually realize.