God does not play “hide and seek” with His children. He desires to “be found” by all. If we desire to find God, we need only “search for Him with all our heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 holds the key.
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”
The first thing God directs us to do is to “call upon the Him.” This required awareness of our personal brokenness and total dependence on Him. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
God then directs us to “go and pray unto Me.” It is here that connection with God is established. It is here we begin to understand God’s purpose for His people—a future with hope. (Jer. 29:11)
And how will God respond? “I will hear you.” (Jer. 29:12) God hears us when we prepare our hearts and minds to receive Him. When we seek God first (versus our will) He will hear our prayers and “show Himself strong on our behalf.” (2 Chr. 16:9)
In the final verse of our text, God shares with us the ultimate secret to finding God. “When you seek Me you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13, NIV) How do you search for God with all your heart?
- Make Him the priority of your life.
- Actively pursue Him.
- Stay in His presence.
Hide and seek really is a child’s game. Trade up to seek and find God?