You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
Do you remember playing Hide & Seek when you were a child? I vividly remember the entire floorplan of my grandparents’ house in Tipton, Indiana because when all the cousins came together for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I searched every inch of that old house looking for the very best hiding spot. Our version of Hide & Seek was called, “Big B” because we always made our oldest cousin, Brad be the seeker first.
We might think playing Hide & Seek is only for children. But if we really think about it, haven’t we been playing a form of this game our whole lives? Do we search for the perfect school or job believing it will secure our future? Do we pursue a particular position in hopes it will satisfy our desire for power? Do we constantly seek other people’s approval to gain a deeper sense of belonging?
What if God designed us to be seekers because He wants us to seek Him, instead of positions, power, or people?
The prophet Jeremiah clearly communicates how we are to seek God. He writes in Jeremiah 29:12-14, “You will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me will all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD.”
Through this passage, we discover our part to play in God’s promise. We are to seek, come close, and pray. When we do, God promises to listen and be found by us. When I was trying to picture in my mind what seeking looks and sounds like, it was helpful to learn its definition. To seek means to search or pursue. It is to make an effort to find, or an attempt to discover.
Just like the seeker in the game Hide & Seek, seeking God is active. We have to make a strategy and then work the plan. We take our desire to find God and put it into action. We carve out time to read His Word. We learn more about Him from listening to sermons or asking others who know Him intimately hard questions. We pray at 3pm and invite God into our busy days. We talk to Him at different times of the day and night. We worship Him with songs and praises. And we thank Him in all circumstances.
How do you actively seek God, besides Waking Up to Him every day at 3pm? Each day holds endless possibilities to pursue God. What is your strategy to seek Him? God promises that when we do our part and seek Him, He will be found by us. Once we find God, then we can live closely and love intimately.
Instead of Hide & Seek, God plays Seek & Find with us.
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