“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
I have always loved this passage in Jeremiah 29,
But today, I read this verse in a different translation and it washed over me in an entirely new way.
This version read, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me above all else.”
Above all else?
I always toiled with the idea of what it truly meant to seek the Lord with my whole, unhindered heart, but this made it clear as daylight:
He must be my one thing, the object of my affections, the center of my heart and life.
So often, I do seek Him, along with success, perfection, acceptance, love, “the one,” a happy family, perfect friendships, beauty, material things, and I could go on for days.
But this just won’t do.
To find the Lord, I have to surrender the chase for each of these things. Things that the world screams in every way possible that we cannot live without.
So why would the Lord demand that we seek Him above all things, even good things, holy things?
As I prayed through this passage, the Lord laid a pivotal truth on my heart:
He does not ask us to seek Him above all else to deprive us of joy or our deepest desires.
He asks us to seek Him above all else because He knows He is the only thing in all of creation that can bring us everlasting joy and fulfill our desires.
The irony of my striving for success, perfection, acceptance, love, and so on, is that if I would only seek the Lord wholeheartedly and unashamedly, I would find each of those things.
Join me in the journey to seek the Lord above all else. He will not fail us.