November 9, 2021 – Reflections on “You Will Seek Me, and Find Me!”

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13.

The reality of how our Lord God planned before the heavens and the earth were created brings a sense of awe and wonder. Each day, I see another understanding of His immensity of power, strength, and love.

We are brought to worship Him more and more and understand how much pleasure He has in loving us and making plans to redeem us from a world of sin that will pass away in His Time.

Then I read this scripture… Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16. That isn’t just our name, but our image, circumstances, sins, temptations, and our weaknesses. He knew all about us before the Heavens and Earth were created. Yet, we belong to Him first.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. Ephesians 1:3-4.

Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11b.

Jeremiah 29:10 declares, “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.” Even when the Children of Israel were sent into exile, God didn’t stop caring for them. He had plans for them!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. He has planned all our tomorrows. What good is it to plan? The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9.

What a treasure we hold in our hands, when we hold the story of God in our Hands. By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:3.

What did Jesus teach in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5 and 6? He gave us an understanding of how to live a peaceful life, pleasing Him. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34.

Commitment is an unknown character trait in today’s world of change and turmoil. Yet this commitment is taught over and over in God’s Word. It helps us to know God’s Way to living without turmoil. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6.

The Key Words of Jeremiah 29:11-13 are God’s Plans, Seek and Find, and His Way. When we are distracted by the glitter of the world, we become side-tracked from meditating on God’s Word and filling our hearts with His Words. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14.

A relationship with our Lord and Savior is not a child’s game of Hide and Go Seek.“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” I Peter 3:10-13.

         I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your Wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2.

Does eternity belong to a few people? When John witnessed the scenes revealed in Revelation, he clarifies that every nation, tribe and peoples are those who will receive Salvation. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10.

How can His Salvation go from generation to generation? Jesus made it clear how it will continue to his disciples and to those who follow. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.

We teach by our example of the commandments, Loving God, and loving others. And ‘living’ the fruit of the spirit with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23).