Finding God When You Seek Him with All Your Heart

Every night before I go to sleep, I read a devotional book called My Utmost for His Highest.I’ve been doing it since the first of the year.

It’s been changing my life.

Whatever passage I’m reading directly applies to something that happened to me that very day.

I don’t believe that’s a coincidence. We are almost a whole month into the year. 27 days, to be exact. For the past 27 days, every night, God has been speaking to me directly.

That’s amazing.

And yet…

Why does it surprise me?

I think of this verse:

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'”

— Jeremiah 29:11-13

Do you understand God’s amazing promise here?

He has plans. For every single day of our life. Nothing happens to us that he didn’t foresee. Circumstances are woven like threads in a giant tapestry. Every single one goes through His hands. 

And they are plans of welfare. Other translations say “plans to prosper you” or “plans for hope”. Here’s the simple meaning:

The plans that God has for us are for our good, to grant hope and welfare to us. 

And did you catch the second part of that?

Then you will call upon Me.

We will see his plans and we will call on Him. And what does He promise? 

“I will listen to you.”

What a promise!

God is saying that He, the all-powerful ruler of the Universe, will listen to the concerns of our heart. The minor things that can happen to us each day — He listens to that. The prayers for healing, the prayers for strength — he listens to that.

But there is something to be considered here:

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Look at that carefully.

You will find God when you search for Him, but only when it’s with all your heart.

He isn’t going to just seek you out. We don’t all have a road to Damascus kind of conversion. And that sort of experience shouldn’t be expected in the daily Christian life. Each day, we have to battle to think of God. The busyness of life can make us forget Him.

But we have to seek Him. And we will find Him when we search for Him with all our heart.

He can be found, right where you are, no matter what you’re going through or where you’ve been. But here’s the key: we have to search for Him.

How do we do that?

We read His Word. We take part in His church. We talk to fellow believers older and wiser than us to give us instruction and advice. We pour out our lives on those around. 

And we pray to Him.

Above all, to seek God first, you must be in relationship with Him. You cannot know someone you have never had a conversation with.

Reach out to Him. Pray to Him. Even if when you begin it’s only for five minutes a day, it’s still a start. 

God will come to you when you seek Him.

I’ve found a way to do that, through reading this devotional, and praying. 

How are you going to find Him?

 

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