Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-14a
One of the single most difficult things to do as a Christian is to wait on the Lord for an answer. We should wait on Him for everything, but how many of us actually do? It’s kind of an idiotic thing when we think that we know better than the Creator of the universe. It’s definitely stupid to think that we can plan out our entire life when we have no completely true, absolute idea of what is going to happen in the next 5 minutes. We can obviously pretty safely assume that we know what is going to happen within the next few minutes or even maybe a week, possibly even a very loose idea of what is going to happen in the next few years, but completely, without a doubt positive of what we will encounter in the next 5 minutes, there’s no way to fully, 100% know what is going to happen.
So what do we do? Or what should we do? We should look to God! Not only for guidance, but in every aspect of our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, ‘They are plans for good and not to destroy, to give you a future and hope.’” Obviously, God has our best interests at heart. And that’s not even the best part! The best part is that he knows exactly what we are going to do at every moment of our lives. He knows the plans He has for us! He knows exactly when we are going to mess up, and when we are going to succeed. He knows exactly when we are going to disappoint him and when we are going to please him. He knows our every thought, our every action, and our every spoken word. It’s a scary thought to realize that one all-powerful being knows everything that we have done and will do. It’s a scary thought to realize that he can discipline us at any time in any way necessary or available. But it’s also a comfort to know that someone more powerful than us can do anything He wants to. It’s a comfort to know that God will do anything and everything in His power to draw us closer to him. It’s a relief to know that God has our back and wants the best for us, no matter how badly we treat Him.
Jeremiah 29:12-14a says, “’in these days, when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you’ declares the Lord.” Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons. It’s the most important source of connectivity to God that we have. It’s the way that we can most easily communicate with God. It’s awesome to know that God will listen to our prayers if we pray hard and earnestly enough. God hears all prayers, but it means a lot more to us if we pray hard and long to get an answer from Him than it does if we wait a few minutes to receive an answer.
Hide-and-Seek is an awesome game for most people. Part of the reward of the game is finding everybody else all by yourself, especially for little kids. I wonder what the world would be like if we would all seek God the way a little kid looks for his family or friends in a game of hide-and-seek. How many people would be drawn towards God because of the actions of Christians? It’s an awesome and mind-blowing thought to know that God is waiting for us if we just search hard enough. “If we look for Him wholeheartedly, we will find Him.” How awesome would it be if were actually able to find God on this earth instead of waiting until we got to Heaven to truly find Him!! I’m not talking about those few mountaintop experiences that we get during church camp, but really and truly finding God. Take a few moments to stop and think about what would happen in your own life if you truly and wholeheartedly sought after God.
Prayer: Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ that are diligently praying to God and waiting on Him for an answer. Pray that they won’t give up on God because He is choosing to answer their prayers in His own time, not theirs. Pray that they will be satisfied with whatever answer God gives them, and let them not turn their back on Him when the figure out the answer.