All Your Heart

January 24, 2018

God tried. He really did. He sent prophets and warnings to the people of Judah, but they failed to repent and return to Him. As a result, He allowed the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, to conquer Jerusalem in 608 B.C. and 597 B.C. (Daniel 1:1-7, 2 Kings 24:1-16) and eventually to destroy it in 586 B.C. (2 Kings 24:20-25:21, Jeremiah 39:1-10).

 

However, God never gave up on His people. Just like today with us, He never gives up. Instead, He had one of His prophets, Jeremiah, send a letter to the priests, the other prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar initially carried off as captives from Jerusalem to Babylon (Jeremiah 29:1). The words of the prophet were encouraging and filled with hope. One part of the letter reminded them how close God was and how the people could still find Him despite the distance and the despair:

 

“You will seek Me and find Me, says the Lord, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV

 

The message was short and simple but extraordinarily powerful:

 

“Search for Me with all your heart.”

 

As Americans, you and I are not prisoners in a foreign land, nor have we experienced the misery of being a conquered people. Nevertheless, the point and purpose of Jeremiah’s words – and God’s message – apply equally to us over twenty-six hundred years later:

 

“Search for Me with all your heart.” 

 

When you feel desolate or filled with despair, search for Him with all your heart.

 

When you feel hopeless or helpless, search for Him with all your heart.

 

When you feel overwhelmed or overcome, search for Him with all your heart.

 

Why? Because then you will find Him.

 

God is as close as your next breath and as intimate as your next heartbeat. He is your Rock, your Refuge, and your Redeemer. He is the Lord, and you will find Him – if you search for Him with all your heart.

 

And you have at least one major advantage over those whom Nebuchadnezzar conquered so long ago: you can find God the Father through His Son, Jesus, who loved you so much that He searched for you with all His heart and then surrendered that heart for you when He died on a cross to take away your sins.

 

As you continue your journey of life and your journey of faith, do not let this fallen world conquer you or enslave you with sin. Fight back by resisting Satan (James 4:7). Draw near to God as He draws near to you (James 4:8). Search for the Lord with all your heart – and you will find Him.

 

-- Dr. John Morris

 

 

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