Jeremiah 29:10-13

Jeremiah 29:10-13

10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill My good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

This is a great chapter with the first twenty-three verses titled A Letter to Exiles, the final nine verses are a rebuke and a telling of punishment for the false prophet Shemaiah the Nehelamite titled Message to Shemaiah.

Above we read what we know from history to be true, the exile of the Israelites lasted for seventy years whereupon they returned to their homeland. But listen to God’s instructions for them upon their return with His plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. The result of His plans is that the people of Israel will then call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. However, He adds something conditional about how they will seek and find God:

13 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

No half way measures will work. The seeking has to be all of one’s heart. God loves so much, it is difficult to comprehend until we read Jesus’ prophetic words to Nicodemus

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18a Whoever believes in him is not condemned

Jesus’ Father wants us reconciled to Him. So He sent His Son, but before that He used a number of actions to correct behavior of His chosen people. The one we read of in Jeremiah is the seventy year long exile with the promise of return. His direction to them upon their return rings just as true today as it did then

13 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

Want to “find” God? Seek Him with all your heart!