“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.” Jer. 29:11-13
This is one of the most incredible scriptures there is (in my opinion). It resonates with promise and hope. Though things may look dark at times, God promises that His plans have a different ending than what we can presently see. King James Version uses the phrase “expected end.” The word “expected” comes from a binding cord. Literally, God gives us a lifeline to get us from here to there. That lifeline is the hope of God’s promise.
Then there is the promise of His ear to our prayers. The clear intent is that though at one time it didn’t seem like God was listening, there would come a time when He would be attentive to our prayers. Brass heavens will not last forever.
And finally the greatest promise of all: The promise that God is “findable.” Though He may hide for a season, yet again His promise is that if we would but seek Him we would find Him. This leaves no one out. No one can say, God is just too remote; too hidden; too obscure for me. No, the promise is if we want God, He will allow Himself to be found by us. The key is: we don’t get 50% of God by giving Him 50% of our heart. Half-hearted efforts don’t locate God. But we will find Him when we search for Him with all our hearts. Those we minister to need to be taught this one thing. If you want to know the living God, you can.
“Tag God – you’re it!” Amen