For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
God had a plan for Israel. His plan was to make them a great nation. However, the Israelites were not cooperating. They had forsaken God many times and were now paying the price. They were in captivity. However, God had not given up on them. Although things did not look good right now, God still had a plan. However, the Israelites would have to do their part.
Our promise today comes from a letter that God told Jeremiah to write the remaining elders of Jerusalem. He basically told them to get comfortable where they were. Although other prophets were saying that they would be delivered soon, God had warned them that they would be there for 70 years, and 70 years it was. It would not be a day sooner. So, they might as well get comfortable. God told them to build houses, find wives and plant gardens. They would be there awhile.
However, after the 70 years, God would bring them back. He had a plan, but they would have to cooperate. Why would they have to do anything if it was God’s plan? God’s plan does not supersede our free will. Look at our scripture for today, and see all the things that we are required to do. “Then shall you call upon me. You shall go and pray unto me. You shall seek me, and find me and search for me with all your heart.” The promise of “I will hearken unto you” comes with all of these requirements. Not only must we diligently seek Him, we must find Him.
As born again Christians, our search for God has been made easy by the Holy Spirit. We do not have to travel to various locations or seek Him through strange means. The Bible tells us not only is the Holy Spirit in us, but Jesus and God are also in us. Now that we know where He is, we must call on Him and yield to His direction.
God has a plan for me. I will cooperate. God has thoughts of peace toward me. Those include completeness, health, tranquility, prosperity, and the absence of agitation or discord. I know where to find God because the Bible says He is in me. I am so grateful for the promise that God will hearken unto me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.