Jeremiah 29:12-14, “Then you will call upon me and you will find Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And if you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all you heart…”
Have you found God? If you are saved and have been born again through faith in Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I know for sure that God found you. I also know where He found you from.
And I know the marvelous change He has brought into your life. I also know about the promises He has given you. I also know about His love and willingness to help you walk in His power and live a victorious Christian life. But, the question that I want ask and would like for you to think about and mediate on is this: Have you also found God as He has found you?
Finding God? What does that mean? Is it necessary? Is it practical? Does God hide at times, and then give us hard times to find Him? If God found us and saved us, why then do we need to find Him? Why can’t we just lay back, recline, take it easy and just enjoy the ride to heaven? Why put effort when Jesus did everything for us so we could be saved and go to heaven?
You might have asked these questions and even more just like many of us have. You probably are still wondering whether it is necessary, logical, and practical to find God. For one, God is bigger than big. The whole world cannot contain Him. So, how could He be contained in you if you found Him and desired to retain Him in your heart? You may also be thinking that because He is Omniscience and Omnipotent, He is everywhere and all powerful and so it is not necessary and theologically correct to urge believers to search and find God? Whatever your thinking is or your belief is, you need to listen to what God is saying about the need for you and all believers to find Him. You need to understand that God, from time immemorial, has required His children to seek and find Him. There is something special about that requirement. It has a dual purpose. One, God delights in seeing His children taking time and reverently seeking Him with all their heart, and Secondly, the children of God benefits a great deal when they seek God and find Him. The union between the believer and God, following the believer’s desperate and selfish search of God’s presence, is the most perfect and highest level of spirituality anybody can attain. You can’t go higher than that. And you can’t get better than that. Everything life is and all that we could ever desire or want, according to God’s will, is within reach when we seek God and find Him. Righteousness and Holiness, without which no man shall see God, become attainable by we the mortal when we have searched God and found Him. Isn’t that wonderful? The call to seek God is a call that must be heeded, because it is a call with a purpose and a promise. It does not matter where one may be; there is always a call from God to seek Him.
For example: When the Israelites were exiled in Babylon, God through the Prophet Jeremiah urged them to seek Him with all their heart until they found Him. The prophets, priests, elders, men, women and children were urged by God Himself, to seek Him till they had found Him. Following is the ‘call’ and ‘directive’ God gave: “Then you will call upon me and you will find Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And if you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all you heart. And I will be found of you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”, Jeremiah 29:12-14
You may not be in exile right now, but you need to seek the Lord. You need to pray. You need to put effort. You cannot give God leftovers and please Him. You cannot find Him when you are not searching and seeking Him with all your heart. It is not where you go to seek Him that matters; it is the condition of your heart and the ardent desire you have and the faith you have that matters and will lead you into His presence. You need to seriously set yourself to go on an expedition to find God. Once you have found Him, live in His presence daily through the power and presence of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost cannot be your occasional Holy Guest. He must be a permanent resident and the president of your heart and home. You must retain God in your heart, mind body and soul. God has to fill your entire being. When you wake up in the morning, you need to crave for God like an addict craves for drink, drugs or cigarettes. Be filled with His Spirit. Walk in the same power everyday wherever you are. You truly will be turned from exile-whatever the exile may be that you are in right now, when you seek God with all your heart. In exile or not, find God. Do whatever it takes to find God. Don’t be satisfied and limited by your current level of the knowledge of God you have. You can’t know God fully as He really is even if you searched throughout eternity. But, He will reveal Himself to you in response to your searching and according to the level of your faith. Then you will Grow in His knowledge and His righteousness will be revealed to you from “faith to faith” glory to glory (Romans 1:17). Let the Holy Spirit help your infirmities, and pray on your behalf and lead you into your search for God. If you seek Him with all your heart, you will sure find Him. God bless you! By His Servant, Pastor Boaz Olang.