Navigating through life in a world where sin is present and Satan is allowed to roam can be difficult, discouraging, and even painful, but it does not have to be that way. Each one of us has a choice as to how we live in this world. Each of us has a choice in how we respond to what we see and we each have a say in how we see things in this world.
Imagine how differently we would see things in this world if we knew that good things were promised for us and that there was hope. Imagine a world where we could literally speak to God and know that he was listening to us, where we could seek him and find him. How differently would life be?
For a Christian this is not only a dream, but it should be a reality. Listen to what God told the Israelites through the prophet Jeremiah…
This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
When we do not believe that good things are promised to us or that God will listen when we speak it is because we have given Satan a foothold in our life whether it is through our circumstances, through people that are around us, or because we have failed to seek God in all things. Jesus, speaking of those who are truly his sheep said that “the thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10).
Jesus also said that we should, “keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-11). We have been promised by God that if we ask it will be given, and if we seek Him we will find Him, but that is not always what we experience because we ask with the wrong motives.
You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
If we want to live the life that we have been promised then we must draw close to God. We will never live in the reality in which God has promised us if we do not seek Him and draw near to Him. We will never truly know Him if we refuse to humble ourselves before Him. His desire is for us to know Him, to love Him, and to trust Him. When we do these things our lives will be over-pouring into the lives of those around us because of our great love for the one who created us.
God has great plans for you. He has plans for you that you have never even dreamed about, but first he wants to know you and for you to love him with all of your heart. If we do not have, it is because we do not ask with pure motives and if we cannot find God it is because we do not seek Him in our heart, so let us seek Him with pure motives and then we will come to know how much our Father in heaven loves us. The choice is ours, God will not force us to follow Him, He desires us to choose to love him just as we desire for others to choose to love us. So seek Him with all of your heart and you WILL find Him and know Him and then you will receive the life that He has promised.
May God bless you today as you seek Him with all of your heart! In the mighty name of Jesus.