You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
The story of 12 year old Jesus, mistakenly left in Jerusalem by His earthly parents (Luke 2:41-52), has repeatedly shown up over the last week – in my Pastor’s sermon, in my study time and in my devotionals. After the Passover festival, Joseph and Mary were a day into their trip back home, to Nazareth, when they realized that Jesus was not with them. Days later, they found Him doing our Father’s business.
In this and given the busyness of life, I recognize that it is so easy to leave Him behind and out of our day; out of our thoughts; out of our actions; out of our plans; and, in turn to wander off and lead our own lives. It’s actually effortless to allow things and circumstances to win over our hearts, our time and our attention. Thus, in everything and in everyday, we must be intentional and so careful to remain in His presence, allowing Him to reside in and lead our hearts.
He wants us to live each moment with purpose. Without Him, we cannot. Yet, with Him we have every chance to (Matthew 19:26). So, I charge you, and challenge myself, to be on purpose in pursuing Him! Do not forfeit your time with Him for what is temporary and fleeting (2 Corinthians 4:18), but choose to incessantly dwell in Him. Choose to heed to the desire, He’s placed in you, for Him.
Almost a year ago, today, we acknowledged that “the Creator of like the whole universe just wants to talk with you”. He simply wants us to acknowledge and embrace His omnipresence; to connect with and spend quality, not just quantity, time with Him; and to actively seek after His heart with our whole heart like David did (Acts 13:22). And, when we do so, He candidly promises to show up. No airs. No fluff.
“When you come looking for Me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want It more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG)
In the midst of your to-dos and circumstances, resolve. Resolve to converse with Him. Resolve to praise Him. Resolve to thank Him for all that He is. In doing so, you agree that His presence in your life is real; you permit Him to give you His heart; you make the way for Him to meet you at your desires (Psalm 37:4); and you allow Him to exceed your expectations.
“Refuse to be content…Insist on experiencing His presence” – in everyday, in everything.
At anytime a topic, that I know nothing about or just want to know something more about, comes up at work, while watching TV, during a conversation or even in the time I spend reading, I almost immediately pick up and/or log into my nearest device to google it. If I need to locate an address, buy a new top at the lowest possible price or simply find something to do, the Google search engine is my go-to. I’m a self-proclaimed searching machine. Give me an item, and I can find it. Admittedly, my hunt to become more knowledgable about and more intimate with a subject or item almost always includes a Google search at some point in the journey.
As I hurriedly took some time out of the joyous task of tracking budgets at work one day last week, to google the answer to some random question that SH. asked me (never mind the fact that she could have easily googled it herself #anybreakisagoodbreak #thatswhyiloveher), I was reminded of the return on investment we’re promised in fervently searching for Him.
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” says the Lord, “and I will bring you back from your captivity…” Jeremiah 29:12-14 (NKJV)
We essentially get in what we put in. The more time I spend looking around the world wide web, the closer I get to the result of a perfect deal or an optimal reference. And, that warm, fuzzy feeling that I recently got when I found that $70 pair of shoes for $15…priceless!
Likewise, the more energy and tenacity we put into our effort to seek, find and draw near to Him, the clearer, louder and closer He promises that we will be able to recognize Him to be (James 4:8). Ways to seek, find and draw into a closer, more intimate relationship with Him include:
- Prayer: Talk with Him
- Praising Him: Tell Him how good He is and thank Him for it
- Believing in Him: Have faith (Hint: faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God – Romans 10:17 NKJV)
- Studying His Word: Get to know Him and what He says
- Obeying His Word: Do what It says, and don’t do what It tells you not to do
- Repentance: Turn from sin and turn to Him, His grace and mercy
Simply put: seek and you will find. What are you spending your time searching for?