“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares YHWH, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then 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 search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
Most Christians, myself included, are eager for God’s blessings, assistance, and attentiveness to our needs. We crave to know our Creator in an intimate way and desire that He listens to our prayers. However, we often forget that there needs to be effort on our part as well. In the same way that a relationship with a spouse is a 2-way street, requiring effort from both members of the relationship, so we are expected to put some effort into our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are told, clear as day, that we will only achieve that intimate relationship with God when we “seek after Him with all of our heart”.
When I was growing up, I often went to church services and programs, but never put any effort into developing my faith. I assumed that, because Jesus died for my sins, that I wasn’t expected to do anything else. I told myself, “God knows I’m just young and dumb. He will forgive me”, without ever considering how much I personally needed to change and seek after Him. It took a dramatic act of God to get my attention and drive me to look deeper into my relationship with Him. Fortunately, God led me to Atlanta Bible College, where I was able to pursue Him intentionally and with great vigor. It was during this time that I truly felt that my relationship with Him had really begun.
While not everybody’s story is the same as mine, the same command from God applies to all of us: “Seek me”. We need to be intentionally developing our relationship further with our Father if we expect Him to do the same for us. So, as we begin a new year and a new decade, I want you to consider the following questions:
- How is my relationship with God and Jesus currently?
- How much effort am I putting into that relationship?
- What can I do to develop that relationship further this year?
May you be blessed as you seek after your Heavenly Father in 2020!
One way to be Seeking God in 2020 is to commit to daily being in His Word – a most wonderful place to find Him! Come join us on a chronological Bible reading plan! Print out the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan and start reading on January 1. Subscribe to be a follower at the SeekGrowLove.com site and you will receive daily email devotions based on that day’s reading. Come Seek Him! You won’t be disappointed when He shows Himself to you. It’s well worth the effort! And, change a life by inviting a friend to seek with you. – Marcia Railton, Editor