When my kids were barely more than toddlers, they’d often ask me to play hide-and-seek with them. I dominated. I was a master at hiding from them for hours and hours until they were crying and begging for…
Actually, I could have found plenty of obscure places to hide. I could have kept them going for a while. Why didn’t I?
Because I loved being found by them!
I believe God works in our lives in a very similar way. He told the Israelites, during their Babylonian captivity, that he would bring them back home after seventy years, at which point…
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
~ Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
It’s another of those verses that has a particular context and application with wonderful principles from which you and I can learn today.
God desires to be found by his people. When we pray, when we earnestly seek him, when we feel that sense of desperation for his guidance and his presence, he loves it when we search for him.
But to find him, there is the expectation that we not seek him in a half-hearted way, but rather “with all your heart.”
When we choose to seek other means’ of fulfillment and satisfaction, God often stays out of the way and allows us to have the object of our affections, even when it isn’t him.
On the one hand, the loss is his, because he loves us and longs for us. And on the other hand, the loss is ours, because we will never, ever find something else as deeply satisfying, comforting, or empowering as God and his presence in our lives.
Whatever it is you’re looking for, whatever is missing from your life, you will ultimately discover it in your relationship with God.
So seek him in prayer today.