But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
. . . If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9
If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 2 Chronicles 15:2
But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Job 8:5-6
As I begin to write today, I can honestly say I don’t know what to say. I feel like God is deeply pressing the above verses on my heart to share. Today as I read in 2 Chronicles, I thought “didn’t I read that same verse in 1 Chronicles” so I took a look. To my amazement, almost that same verse is written at least the four times mentioned above. Wow! I would say that God certainly wanted to make sure we understand and believe it is important.
So if God wants to be found and tells us we can find Him, then why do so many seem to not be able to find Him? It is heartbreaking. I have heard people say so many times that they are praying but they just don’t feel close to God. They are struggling and seemingly loosing the battle. Yet it is so hard to help them find their way. But it is not because God won’t or doesn’t want to be found. Rather it is way we seek Him.
These passages say things like “seek Him with all your heart and soul” or “seek God earnestly.” This kind of seeking is not an instant thing. It requires allowing His Word and His Holy Spirit to plow the fields of your heart. It takes loving Him enough to spend time with Him. When you spend time in His Word each day, it literally feels like your heart is being plowed. The yucky hard rocks are removed and replaced by fertile tender soil. His word settles into the soil and grows and produces fruit. The best part is that you will begin to come to Him excited to see what else His word will reveal. And HE WILL BE FOUND!
I know those first steps can be hard. But please be encouraged that the changes that will take place will be more than you could dream. God, who created everything, wants to have a relationship with YOU! Imagine that! He wants you to come to Him with all your heart so that He may be found by you. The question really is. . .Do you want to find Him?
Need a place to start? Of course, it would be reading His word. There are all kinds of reading plans out there but I highly recommend getting a “One Year Bible.” For each day of the year, you will read something from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs. After just a couple days, you will settle into the amazing story and truths being read. It only takes about 15 minutes a day and is so worth it. You can also read online at One Year Bible.
I hope this encourages you and helps you surrender your heart for some good plowing. May you find the Lord your God when you seek Him today!