The verse has been stirring on my heart for a week already. To see it on my calendar as I tore the page off, caused me to pause and think a bit.
Our 3YO granddaughter comes to our house at least four days a week. She almost always asks to take something home with her, and always “pinkie promises” to bring it back.
Often things “go missing” and can take time to locate. She has become very good at hiding things and it has become the big joke at our house.
We have a Melissa & Doug nativity set which she has loved from the beginning and has yet to be put away. At this point, I think it will remain out until next Christmas.
The sweetness with which she regards “the little Lord Jesus” is precious. She always refers to Him in that manner, never shortening it to solely “Jesus”.
Recently when she left, I noticed “the little Lord Jesus” was missing. I continued to hunt for Him for several days, knowing I had to find Him before she came again.
Sitting on the couch one day, I was taken by surprise while talking on the phone and joyfully shouted, “I found Jesus!”
Across the room, on the shelf of the television cabinet, somewhat hidden from view, lay the little Lord Jesus.
I have been unable to put Him in His proper place with the nativity set as He continues to speak to me each time I notice Him.
Do I miss Him when time is not spent with Him? Do I search for Him?
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:13, NASB)
One word, stood out again ”“ when.
There are times when it seems like God is quiet or can’t be found, and we seem to wonder “why”? Or where is He? We tend to cast the fault on Him as if He is able of ignoring us, or is keeping a distance.
Yet if I am reading this verse correctly, the fault lies totally with us. We have the responsibility to seek Him with all our heart.
Perhaps the question that needs to be asked is, “What does it mean to seek Him with all my heart?”. Other versions many shed some light:
- “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (NLT)
- “When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul.” (NET)
- “Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Amplified)
Seeking Him with all my heart involves more than a cursory once over. It takes a wholeheartedness. It takes prayer. Worship is involved. He becomes a vital necessity to living. It involves more than we are willing to give some days.
“If we seek Him, we will find Him when we want Him more than all else.”
(New American Commentary, page 254)
The key to finding Him is wanting Him more than we want anything or anyone else. He is to be our first choice and not something we default to only when all else fails. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “How much do we want to find Him?”
For we shall find Him … when.
When I need Him as a necessity to live.
When I give Him all of my heart.
Doubts. We all experience them from time to time. But what are we to do with them? Are we to voice them? In her post, “What Happens When We’re Honest About Our Doubt”, Abby McDonald brings beautiful encouragement. “When we voice our doubt, Jesus can expel it with his voice of truth.” This post was not in the linkup but you can read it HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.
Today I am joining … Recharge Wednesday .