Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
God does not play hard to get. Those who seek God with all of their hearts will find Him. According to what God revealed to the prophet Isaiah, “I would not have told the people of Israel to seek Me if I could not be found.” (Isaiah 45:19)
This promise is not limited to Israel alone. It is God’s desire for us all and He promises to be found by all those who seek Him wholeheartedly. Finding what you are looking for is the reward that awaits those who diligently seek.
What are you hoping to accomplish in your life? What are you seeking? Are you able to find it? When we are trying to satisfy the need of our hearts, the majority of us look in the wrong places and for the wrong things. As a result of our pursuit of success rather than significance, happiness rather than joy, and fortune rather than eternal treasures, we find ourselves in a more hopeless place than we were in before we began our search!
This is because we were designed to have a profound connection with our Creator, which is a relationship of the soul. Peace is something that can only be experienced when we discover the God who created us.
During the course of his own Confessions, Saint Augustine made the following declaration: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” When it comes to us, it’s not like God is playing a game of ‘Hide-and-seek.’ God is eager for us to find Him. In point of fact, God was the one who started the search and rescue operation for us!
God was not hiding in the garden; rather, it was man who was hiding in shame. In the middle of the day, when it was still cool, God came to be with Adam as He always did, but Adam was hiding. God asked, “Where are you, Adam?” (Genesis 3:9) Luke writes in the New Testament that Jesus came to “seek and to save those who were lost.” (Luke 19:10)
God’s search for us and our search for God, both discover each other at the cross, which is the intersection where they meet. It is at the cross that we discover the God Who came looking for us. We have the opportunity to experience forgiveness for our sins and a restored relationship with the One Who created us, and we are able to realise the extent of His love for us. Our lives find meaning, joy and purpose with eternal significance.
Have you found what you’ve been looking for? When you seek God with all your heart, you’ll discover He took the initiative in seeking you first!