Seeking God; February 16, 2021

Jeremiah 29:13-14 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord

Some people seem to seek God halfheartedly, and that really doesn’t cut it. God makes Himself available to us, but He wants to be our first priority. I’m reminded of something a friend pointed out over 40 years ago: we complain about times when “All I had to depend on was God,” when actually those are the most blessed times of all! That is precisely why God allows us to get into tight spots: to teach us to seek Him with our whole heart and depend on Him. Most of the time we have sadly misplaced priorities, desiring all sorts of things connected with this world and thinking we can achieve them on our own. However “blessed” or “gifted” we might be, those blessings and gifts come from God, and we need to seek Him for how to use and express them. God Himself is the greatest treasure, the greatest discovery, the greatest wisdom and knowledge. If we recognize that and dedicate ourselves fully to seeking Him, then He will meet us more than halfway. After all, He gave His Son to open the way for us to be able to come to Him. (John 3:16)

This is something I feel like I should have known automatically, given the home in which I was raised, but God has had to remind me of it time and time again. I get distracted by all sorts of things, much like a dog with a squirrel or a cat with a laser pointer. Whether I “catch” the thing that has distracted me or not is beside the point. I need to seek God, and let Him set my goals and my aspirations. I know without a doubt that intimacy with God is worth more than everything else in the universe combined, but I do get distracted, so I need to be quick to repent.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that needing to be reminded doesn’t completely disqualify me. Help me walk in humble obedience to You at all times, seeking You, Your kingdom and Your righteousness, in everything, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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