Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me
when you seek with your whole heart.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
We are all probably familiar with the verse preceding this passage. How do these verses connect with that thought about God’s plans for His people?
“Then you will call upon me . . .” As a result of God’s plan for us, we will approach Him for guidance, comfort, and healing. We can go to God from any location, under any condition, and at any time.
“. . . pray to me. . .” We will ask Him to care for our needs, both personal and corporate, and to remove the blot of our sin from our hearts. We have to ask in order to show God we are aware of our needs and our sins.,
“ . . . I will listen to you.” God promises to concentrate on our words. When I was in college, one of the classes I heard that there were five different levels of listening. One article I found mentioned some of us listen and wait for our chance to talk. (Level One) At the other end of the spectrum is where we intuitively listen to hear the emotion and real issue behind the words.1
“You will seek me and find me . . .”Our search for God will end with success. We will not come away from our quest empty-handed. When we lose something, we look everywhere for it—car keys, a special piece of jewelry, something we stored away for a season. When we find it we feel relieved.
“. . . when you seek with your whole heart.” One of the conditions of finding God is very simple. We have to focus our minds and hearts on Him. I have been in worship services where the preacher has asked us to clear our minds of Sunday dinner and our plans for the afternoon. I have just understood that this is a Biblical idea.