Earnestness

Earnestness

Today’s Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Have you ever lost something that was so important to you – even if it had little material value – that you thought you would be devastated if you didn’t find it?

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you could almost taste it?

Have you ever had some vague sense that you deeply needed something – even though you couldn’t quite describe what is was?  You just knew, though, that if you had it you would be at peace?

If so – then maybe you can understand something about what people of faith through the ages have desired of God.

Jeremiah, the “weeping” prophet wanted his people to find God in fresh, new, life-giving ways.  And it broke his heart that so often they didn’t seek God wholeheartedly.

And it is that – the wholeheartedly part – that gets at how all of us should seek God’s presence and guidance in our lives.

Other Scriptures put it this way:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5)

“’Even now,’ declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart with fasting and weeping and mourning.’” (Joel 2:12)

“So it is with you.  Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” (Galatians 4:18)

But in a way, all these Scriptures touch on the same theme: spiritual earnestness.

It’s what will lead you to God.  It’s what will bless you in ways you never expect.  It’s what will lead you from death to life.

But you have to want it – really want it – wholeheartedly.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always seek you with an earnest and searching heart.  AMEN.

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