Dose of Hope: If You Look for Me Wholeheartedly You Will Find Me

Jeremiah 29:13-14a #dosesofhope

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Jeremiah 29:13-14a memory verse card

This morning I was listening to the Wally Show on WAY-FM’s iPhone app. It’s a radio show based out of Nashville that my friend Julie shared with me, and it’s one of my fave ways to start Sunday. During the show, someone wrote in and asked, “How do you believe in a God you can’t see?” and Wally opened the phone lines for listeners to respond and help her out. I was kind of surprised that the number one answer people gave was, “That’s a good question. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and if you really want Him to He will.”

But doesn’t the Bible say it’s as simple as that? This is a verse we wanted to focus on this week, because it’s a great reminder that God isn’t looking for us to be “good enough” to show Himself to us. He’s always there. When we look for Him, we’ll find Him. When we pray to Him, He’s listening.

I hope you’re all having a good Sunday.

Original photo of Orthodox Chapel by Evgeni Dinev from freedigitaphotos.net. All text added by Stephanie Oh.

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4 comments

  1. I think what I love most about this passage in Jeremiah (so much good stuff in chapter 29!) is that God is speaking this to His people when they are in the midst of captivity. When they are at their lowest point, brought about by their unfaithfulness to God, God’s right there promising them a future full of hope (Jer 29:11) and reassuring them that all they’ve got to do is look for Him and He’ll be there. And isn’t that just like God? To find us wherever we’ve fallen, wherever we’ve hidden ourselves, and keep calling to us to lift up our eyes and find our Deliverer on the horizon and our Comforter standing right there beside us? The Amplified Bible fleshes out the idea of “wholehearted” searching in verse 13 this way: “seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity]” And if I were one of those super-wordy, rambling-comment types, I *might* be tempted to draw some parallels here between all the other passages we’ve been discussing in Hebrews and Matthew this past week. But of course I’m not one of those people. Nope, not me! 🙂

    Grace to you today, Friend!

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    1. Courtney – Yes, so true! Jer 29:11 is one of my fave verses, because I totally know what it’s like to be in that lowest of low place. I always enjoy your parallels, so share them with all of us anytime! 🙂

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