What Are You Seeking?
Jeremiah tells the story of a people who sought God in pretense, with no real commitment to doing what He told them. They even said, " Let the LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the LORD your God sends us by you. "Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God." (Jeremiah 42:5-7). However, when The Lord was faithful to respond, they simply disregarded the word that came.
Let it not be so with us! Let my heart be sincere in devotion. I pray that my desire for the Lord's will would not be divided by the desires of my own deceitful heart.
The devastating tragedy of this passage is not only the disobedient disbelief of the people, but that they completely missed the blessing of God because they couldn't see how blessing and joy could take place in the land that had just experienced such horrible trauma. They wanted escape, they didn't want to deal with the events that had happened. Instead of allowing The Lord to bind up their wounds they stubbornly toted them along to their new destination. How often do we seek escape? How often does The Lord want us to just stay and abide where He's called us to be, because He wants to bring healing and restoration, but we run away? We see only the hurt and the pain and refuse to believe that Jesus is bigger than what we see and feel.
It's so easy to say, "Your will be done, Your kingdom come,", but is that really what we are seeking? Do I really believe if I set in first place of priority the Kingdom of God, that all of these things will be added to me? What are all of these things? Are they the things that I would like to have, or are they the things that The Lord knows that I need?
The principle of faith is so much more than a nice, religious theory. Not only is faith the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen, it is often holding on desperately to Jesus in spite of the things that we do see. What is substance? Substance is translated from "hupostasis", which literally means to stand under to support. So my hopes are resting on whatever supports them. Is my faith in Jesus that substance that supports my hopes? Faith that believes that Jesus, The Lord of the universe is for me, that He loves me with an everlasting love, that I am His workmanship and He has a plan for my life. That no matter the circumstance; the pain I may be going through; the hardship that looms ahead, He is going to work all things together for my good because I am called according to His purpose.