Last night we had a baptism service at our church.
As I prayed before the service, the Lord put Jeremiah 29:12-13 on my heart again….
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV
It’s a passage He has been leading me to, and reminding me of quite a bit over the last few months.
Here it was again…?
Normally I think of this verse in the NKJV, the translation of my bible that I use, but this morning when the Lord reminded me of this passage, again… ?I looked it up in some other translations. Here is this passage in The Message translation:
12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.
I had a thought…. What happens when our hearts are not looking for Him?
I think back to when my heart was hard as a rock. How cold I was. How blind I was. I lived with very little hope, I wasn’t able to see the goodness of God in my life. (It was there, I just didn’t have the heart to be able to see it.)
What do we do if our hearts have become hardened by the circumstances in our lives, by the choices we’ve made, by the wounds we’ve not allowed Him to heal?
It can feel like a vicious cycle that we can’t seem to break our way out of. It can feel like being stuck in a spider web.
What happens when our hearts have grown “dull”?
We’re not very hopeful and expectant, are we? We put up “protective” walls of stone. We find ourselves not really “looking for God” because maybe we’ve been hurt or jaded, or disappointed by life circumstances, and so we can get in this place of not even really looking for Him…. not really expecting Him…
God is the only One who can bring a heart back to life, He makes it new. He’s the only One who can do this kind of miraculous, mysterious, transformative work in our hearts. He’s our only hope.
But the good news is, He’s ready to get started. He’s waiting on us to allow Him into our hearts. ??
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” – Ezekiel 36:26
What happens when our hearts have been made new, jumpstarted back to life, purified and working as a brand new, healthy heart?
We’ll begin to see God — everywhere, all over the place. We can see His goodness. ??☀️
I suddenly think of “invisible ink.” ?Do you remember that as a child? It’s like God makes His fingerprints everywhere in this kind of “invisible ink” and when we begin to be able to see from our brand new, tenderized, purified, living, breathing, fully functioning hearts, we can begin to see His fingerprints everywhere in the “invisible ink” because now we can see with these “invisible ink glasses” kind of lenses. ?(haha! Probably cheesy, I know.)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” -Matthew 5:8
…and suddenly we’ll find ourselves looking for Him expectantly, searching for Him unafraid of disappointment, digging into His Word, looking for Him to show up in our lives, expecting and knowing that we’ll see Him…
We find ourselves expecting Him like a little child, looking out the window, waiting for Daddy to get home from work. ?
Oh Father, help us to willingly hand over our hearts to You, every single day, that we will be able to trust You to do a good work in our hearts so that we will be pure and tender of heart –a heart that can seek You, find You, and see You.
Father, give me that kind of deep desire to search for You, renewing it within me each day, so that I am able to clearly see You when I seek You… And I know I’ll find You, when I seek You with my whole heart. ?