I think it's safe to say the many of us are familiar with verse 11 in this chapter, "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (NLT) God knows the future and His plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides for our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill His mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion (on earth or in heaven).
Verses 12-14 (NKJV): 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. I will be found by you, says the Lord... How awesome are these verses - God is here! He's just waiting for us to call out to Him.
Have you ever lost or misplaced something? How much time did you spend looking for it? Your keys, wallet, cellphone, or whatever...usually we don't stop looking until whatever it is, is found or we determine - it's lost. God is not lost, He is right here, He's always - right here waiting for us!
Dictionary.com defines "seek" as to go in search of or quest of: to seek the truth or to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. God is truth and we discover that truth in His Word and He has given us the solution to ALL our problems - His Son Jesus. God is waiting patiently, He can and will be found when you seek the truth. Seek Him with your whole-heart not half-heartedly or lethargically.
In these verses we also reveal to us the mind of God as He thinks about His children (you and me). Amazingly, those thoughts about us produce peace in Him. He is our Father, our Abba Father; yes, Our Daddy and knows that He has placed within each of His children His Spirit - how wonderful is that! God never abandons His own Spirit or those of us in whom the Spirit lives.
Sooner or later the Father knows His child will act upon the inner nudge to call home. Some call out to the Father early in life, others call out later in life but He is always waiting with open arms to welcome us home. He never gives up on us, we give up but He never does. He hears all our prayers!
In the listening, He will not respond with words that condemn us, belittle us, or reject us. In fact on the contrary, the Father doesn't even ask for an explanation He asks only that we come home. And He joyfully say, "Let's eat and be merry: for this my son/daughter was dead and is alive again. he/she was lost and is found." Luke 15:23-24 (NKJV)
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