I Will Be Found By You
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear 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”
When we seek God with all our heart, we will find Him. God is not a distant, far-off God, nor is He out of touch with what we have going on in our lives. When we accept His gift of salvation and Him as our Savior, repenting of our sins, the Holy Spirit enters, taking up residence within us. God is very near…He lives within us…He abides in us. He is real, alive, and ready to be found by us when we seek Him with all we have…with all our heart. This passage does not mean we will be spared from trials or troubles, but it does mean that He will be with us through them and there is a hope found in Him of a glorious future, far grander than we could imagine or create on our own.
He knows us, every fiber of our very being—we are His design and He knows exactly how we operate, what emotions we feel, the struggles we face. He knows our insecurities, doubts, fears, anxieties, disappointments, triumphs, failures, victories, celebrations…He knows our peaks and our valleys…He…knows…us. He desires us to come to Him and share it all with Him. He knows better than anyone the insurmountable issues you face, the heavy burdens you carry and He wants you to hand them over to Him so He can show you the seemingly unconquerable can be conquered, the burden-heavy weight can be lifted when we allow Him to work in our lives and to carry those burdens for us.
He has plans for you, a future, a Hope in Him and He has gifted you with abilities and talents that once also surrendered to Him, He will begin a great work in you to use those gifts to achieve greatness in His name, for His glory, and to reach people in a way that only you have the ability to do. If you’ve given your life to Him already, then He has been at work in you, but if you struggle and wrestle with the idea of accepting Jesus as your Lord and savior, don’t wait to do so. He is here waiting for you to accept His gift, but life is too precious and too short to hold off on accepting the most important gift you could ever receive.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ
No matter where you’re at in your walk with Christ, whether it be a walk you’ve been on for many years, just begun, or have yet to begin or start back on…please know He is here for you and He wants you to allow Him to finish the great work in you He has started and has planned since before you were born. If you’ve been feeling discouraged lately, like you’ve failed in some way, or are not where you envisioned you would be by now, take heart because He began something in you, He is not finished yet, and He is faithful to complete it.
He is still working…still refining…still shaping…still molding…still creating a beautiful work of art in you as a way for all the world to see His beauty shine through. If you open yourself up to Him, allowing Him to reign in your life, I am confident He will do great, greater still, things in you, for you, and through you. Come to Him to day with a soft, repentant, open, and expectant heart and with all of it for Him. He does not disappoint, but He does exceedingly more than we ever expect. He is our good Shepherd and He will lead us on.
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