Desperate for God:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 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 29:11-13).
What a wonderful promise our Heavenly Father has given to us! Do you know the thoughts that He thinks towards you? He desires to give you peace, and a future and a hope. And He has promised to answer our prayers. When we call on Him, He will listen to us. And the last promise here is the most precious. If we will seek for God with all of our hearts, we will find Him. And He is definitely a treasure worth seeking after!
Are you desperate for God? Are you hungry for Him? Can you say, as the Apostle Paul did, “(For my determined purpose is) that I may know Him (that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly).”(Philippians 3:10, Amplified Bible). If you want to know Him more – to become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him – God will reveal Himself to you. It’s true. The Bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).
This is a story I heard once that helps to illustrate what these Scriptures are saying to us. A monk was out wandering one day with his apprentice through the woods. The master was teaching the student the great and profound principles of life, the universe, and everything. In the middle of their journey, the apprentice said to his master, “Great one, how can I find God?” The teacher responded by motioned for his pupil to follow him out into the river, and the two waded out until the water was up to their waists. Then suddenly, the monk grabbed his disciple by the back of the neck, thrust his head under the water, and held him there, as he struggled to free himself. Finally, the teacher allowed the learner to come back up, gasping for air. Eyes wide open; he asked his master, “Why did you do that?” The monk explained, “When you are as hungry and desperate for God as you were for that last breath, then, and only then, will you find God.”
Friend, don’t be content to just be religious. Why would anyone want to just “be good” and go to church, when they have been invited to experience an intimate, personal friendship with the Creator of the Universe? He lives. He lives. Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and He talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives. He lives. Salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives – He lives, within my heart.
Jesus said, “Look. Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.” (Revelation 3:20). “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16).
Today, Jesus has invited you to enter into the most wonderful friendship you will ever experience on the Earth. If you don’t know Him today, seek after Him until you find Him. And if you do know Him, then don’t be content until you know Him more deeply and intimately. Over the next couple of days, we’re going to look more closely at the topic of prayer… watch for it!
Pastor Chris Jordan