“Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13 AMP
As Children of God, it’s so important for us to continuously seek after the presence of God. In His presence every problem, every worry, every fear, every trial and tribulation fades away as our focus shifts to Him and less on our problems. And sometimes if we’re not careful, we can allow the cares of this world to distract us from seeking after Him, from pursuing Him, from communing with Him.
If I’m honest, I’ve been in a space where outside forces and my own selfish desires have distracted me from spending intimate time with the Father. I’d allowed other things to come between my relationship with my Savior; the one who shed his blood for me, the one I professed to honor and serve.
I remember coming home from my workout and saying that I would pray and read my Bible after I ate dinner. Well, in the midst of preparing dinner I began to thank God for who He is (Ps. 27), for His faithfulness (1 Chron. 16:34), for His greatness (1 Chron. 16:8), and for His power (2 Sam. 22:3). And before I knew it, I was in full blown worship; speaking in tongues and crying with uplifted hands, a contrite and repentant heart, and a humble spirit. Dinner was forgotten as I reconnected with my Savior, as my spirit was renewed and refreshed, and as my spirit was re-energized.
And looking back, I realize that God didn’t stop being God because I didn’t spend time with Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). I alone suffered the consequences of feeling weak, distracted, empty, lost, and joyless. But I thank God for the Holy Spirit! Because He didn’t let me stay there, He didn’t leave me in that condition, and He didn’t let me stray too far from the path. His love reached out and drew me back into order in accordance with Jeremiah 31:3, “The Lord appeared to me (Israel) from ages past, saying,“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you” (AMP).
I want to leave you with this: when you feel a tug in your spirit or heart to pray, read your Word, or seek the face of the Father, yield to the Holy Spirit as it is a matter of life and death; a matter of staying stuck in your current situation or a matter of growing into your new season!
Remember that God loves you and so do I!
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