Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 / 1 Timothy 1:1-20 / Psalm 86:1-17 / Proverbs 25:17
Jeremiah 29:11-14“For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord. “Plans for peace and not evil, plans to give you a FUTURE and a HOPE. Then you will call upon Me and pray to Me and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR ME WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART. I WILL BE FOUND BY YOU”, says the Lord, “and I will bring you back from captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from the places where I have driven you”, says the Lord, “and I will bring you to the place from which I caused you to be captive.”
Here in Jeremiah we see more about the character and heart of our loving Heavenly Father. He is involved (as opposed to distant), He has great vision for our lives - plans and purposes for PEACE, not evil. Life with Him gives us a clear and certain FUTURE and HOPE. He wants nothing more than to rescue us from a lifestyle of captivity and heal us (if need be) so we can get back on the adventure He created us to be on (and enjoy) with Him.
God clearly tells us that in order to know Him, walk with Him, and experience the abundant life He has made available to us we need to “SEEK HIM AND SEARCH FOR HIM WITH OUR WHOLE HEART!” As we choose to wholeheartedly pursue Him, He promises that HE WILL BE FOUND! He’s not hiding, He’s not standoffish – He’s waiting with open arms to walk closely with His children.