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God is looking for whole-hearted seekers

So much of what we do is half-hearted. Our parenting is often half-hearted. We’re so busy with other things that we don’t really give our children what they need – a listening ear, a touch, focused attention. Our relationship with our Creator can be that way. In Jeremiah 29:12, …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

So much of what we do is half-hearted. Our parenting is often half-hearted. We’re so busy with other things that we don’t really give our children what they need – a listening ear, a touch, focused attention. Our relationship with our Creator can be that way. In Jeremiah 29:12, God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God is not an ethereal unknowable being; He is a lover who wants to be pursued. The whole Bible is a crazy love story between a creator God and His wayward sons and daughters, children made in His image. We aren’t living random, arbitrary lives. In Acts it says God “determined the exact time set (for us) and the exact places where (we) should live.” And here is the part I love, “God did this so that men could seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:26-28)

When God woke me up to the fact that I could know Him if I would just whole-heartedly seek Him, the adventure in my life began. As I pursued Him, He responded, wooing me to deeper levels of intimacy. He has required of me greater levels of trust, and has in turn proved Himself trustworthy.

If you’re feeling unfulfilled and disconnected from God, it could be that you have not sought Him with your whole heart. My counsel is, turn off the noise in your life and go after a relationship with your heavenly Father and do so with all your heart. He may seem distant now, but in fact, He is very near, waiting for you to seek Him.

 

Comments (4)

  • I have found this to be so true. We get so busy that we do nothing well, then we are asked to do more. I wonder if maybe we have even become so used to this that we have lowered our standards of what is something “done well.” Not everything that we do is bad, but we have so many expectations on us (again, not all bad ones) that we end up not doing any of them well. Because so many things are good, we have a hard time saying no and placing boundaries. My experience, and understanding from others, is that pastors are exceptionally bad at this – and have exceptional expectations on them, too. I have to be careful not to do the same thing to my pastor. And our first priority – to seek God… or it should be.

  • Paul mentioned pastors above. Funny how we seem to view our pastors as the ones who “know” God. They are the “Moses’” of our generation who go up to the mountain of God for us. I believe this to be true especially as we get older. Failure and disappointment leave us confused and “off the tracks.” It’s easier to let the “man of God” hear from God and tell us what God said because we then aren’t forced to deal with our pain. It becomes easy to justify or re-interpret scriptures that convict our lack of devotion.

  • I am a born again christian,believe in the holy ghost,and I also believe god raised Jesus from the dead.I’m sort of puzzled about my purpose in life.Fulfilling my true calling.Can you help

  • Clide,

    “let me recommend that you check out the topic: Reaching your destiny” on the left – I’ve written about that a bunch.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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