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Seeking The Plans of God

Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV) … “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:13 is a wonderful verse for anyone on a spiritual quest. God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Anyone who seeks God sincerely and wholeheartedly will find him. What the seeker is really looking for (even if he or she does not yet realize it) is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way to God, the Savior of the world, and the answer to all of life’s questions.

Jesus repeats the same wonderful promise first made in Jeremiah 29. He says, “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8). God’s plans really are the best-laid plans. What could be better than good, gracious, well-known plans that lead to a wonderful friendship?

In his book Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders quotes this poem about the way God works out his plans:

How He bends but never breaks

When our good He undertakes;

How He uses whom He chooses

And with every purpose fuses him;

By every act induces him

To try His splendor out—

God knows what He’s about.

Do you ever wonder what God is up to? Of course. We all do. But whatever it is, God knows what he’s about. He knows the plans he has for you. Plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future. [1]

  1. [1]Ryken, P. G. (2001). Jeremiah and Lamentations: from sorrow to hope (p. 427). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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