08/18/23 He Will Listen

READING: Jeremiah 26-29  

My wife and I have a small frame that includes Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.’” A friend gave it to us many years ago when we were following the Lord’s direction to a new place of ministry. Back then, those words meant a lot to us. 

They still do, but I think I’m even more amazed these days by the next words: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer 29:12-13). The words were directed to God’s people in exile, but they still speak of the miraculous today. When we seek God with all our being, He listens to us. He allows Himself to be found. He’s not a false god who cannot hear our prayers, and He’s not a distant god who disconnects himself from his creation. 

What we must do is seek Him with all our heart. 

PRAYER: “God, help me to seek You with all my heart today.”   

MONDAY’S READING: Jeremiah 30-31

*portions of this devotion first published in 2016

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