It Takes Work

Jeremiah 29:13 ~ You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

I don’t know about you but these days I’m tired.  Now ask me to explain that – I really can’t put it in words exactly.  I guess I should have said I feel tired.

That’s more like it. I’ve been thinking about why lately.  I’m beginning to understand that it’s all the craziness in the world and about desire for God’s Kingdom.  I desire goodness, beauty, intimacy.... true intimacy with God.  I long for it and I believe that we all do.   When I’m with my wife and we share the day, talk about trips, catch up after I’ve been back from a trip, go hiking or watch one of God’s incredible sunsets or sunrises.  God is present in those moments, but I still have a longing for more of God.

I need God and want to know Him as he knows me. Thomas Aquinas said “There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning.” Since the dawn of time, I think that it’s evident that mankind has pursued fulfillment of that thirst with everything imaginable. I know that I find myself at times it is easy to get accustomed to  consumerism and pursuing what the world offers. All of that ultimately doesn’t satisfy the soul. Seeking and finding God does. But I know that like all very dear relationships it takes some work.  I think that’s what God is talking about here in this verse.  I believe that He wants me to really work at my relationship with Him with everything I’ve got....with all my heart.  Not part or some of it but all.  The apostle Paul also talked about working at our relationship with God and how we need to be like athletes running the race to win, not just to compete.  He tells Timothy:  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;  in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing."

May we all run the race like God wants us to – to win! May God keep our desires on Him, keep our focus on things He wants us to focus on and keep our hearts...our whole hearts seeking him. Amen

Matt Schneider

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