“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-13
God is not some ogre looking for ways to be mean to His people, as the world sometimes considers Him. To the contrary He desires no harm to come to us at all, He is our Protector and Defender in life! He has great and wonderful plans for His children, plans for hope and a future that is bright and fulfilling.
Our passage today is from a message to His people who were about to go into exile in Babylon. God is letting them know that He has not forsaken them, but they must be obedient to Him and have faith in Him alone to carry them through.
God will allow us as His children to go through hard times. But those who have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior have the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us through the trials in life and bring us through the other side with our faith in Him still intact because our eyes are fixed on Christ!
The plans that God has for His people are perfect, even though it may not seem to us that they are.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28
He cannot ever fail, we on the other hand fail daily! This is crucial to remember when life is not going as we planned. It very well may be that God is rescuing us from our very own flawed plan that would have brought us much heartache!
From the beginning of time God has wanted the heart of mankind. He wants us to call on Him and come to Him in prayer, to seek His will, and trust Him in all things. When we do He is always available to us, longing for all to look to Him and live. His arms are always open to any who will turn to Him. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)!
God wants us to seek Him with all our heart, have you ever wondered why? I believe it is because when we search the Scriptures and come to Him in prayer about our troubles and such, He has our undivided attention. And really, doesn’t He deserve our undivided attention? After all He is the God of the universe, He certainly deserves our focus to be on Him and Him alone at some point each day!
God knows the human heart and how very fickle it can be; we are so easily distracted. So, He gives us reminders in His Word to search for Him with all our heart so that we don’t get to taking Him for granted, but are always mindful of the Holy God that we serve and call Father!
Thank You Father God for loving me, for sending Jesus to be my Redeemer by the shedding of His precious blood for my sin, and for all Your wonderful care and keeping of me. I love You so and give You all praise this day, Amen!
~ by Mary Heuss Nelson