Seek Me & Find Me
"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."
- Jeremiah 29:13
This devotion is in YouVersion Bible app, hope you like it.
What are you searching for? Before beginning today's story, ask God to reveal to you what you prioritize.
A deeper recognition of our spiritual identity aids us in discerning our spiritual purpose.
Jeremiah's challenge to the exiled Israelites was not to seek their purpose, but as God's chosen people, to first seek God in the midst of their circumstances. However, it was in the seeking and searching after God with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13) that God's purposes and plans for His people became clear:
"I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you...and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile" (Jeremiah 29:14).
You can see a similar pattern at work in the calling of Saul and Barnabas to be missionaries in the book of Acts:
"While they (the church at Antioch) were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them" (Acts 13:2).
It was only as the church of Antioch sought after God and learned more of His heart that the Holy Spirit granted discernment concerning the calling of Saul and Barnabas to the mission that God had set for His church.
Many of our lives lack direction because we are pursuing a purpose that is inconsistent with who God is and what He has created us to be. Like a parent correcting a child who is misusing a kitchen utensil, God is saying to many of us concerning the direction of our lives, "that's not what that is made fore!"
Are you listening when God directs you down the path to your purpose?
I believe God has been leading me to read the YouVersion devotional after my other devotional. Every day we could all use both knowledge & encouragement to start our day, especially on the Sabbath. Life constantly bombards us with distractions, how often do I or we take a step back and think about where we're going? What's the main goal? What's the first step and the mini-goals that go with it?
I regret not using my single time enough to physically make something of myself, granted now it'll be harder because I have a baby, but nothing is impossible with God. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way and realize the missed opportunities we had as we look through the review mirror. It's unfortunate that the world brainwashes us, starting when we're kids, that having a boyfriend or girlfriend or in general being in a relationship is super important. But in reality, it isn't how even more unfortunate to be in an untimely relationship that greatly distracts from God's plan for your life.
Life is too short to worry about being in a relationship or getting married, not saying it's not nice being in a godly relationship/marriage, but there's a time and a place for everything. God's plan for you and His timing for each event in your life is vitally important. Don't waste your time on the world's point of view and priorities, concentrate on God and He'll direct your footsteps.
"The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” -Matthew 19:10-12
"This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment, she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God."-1 Corinthians 7:29-40
I can't help but believe that deep down, I'm not supposed to be with anyone but be fully dedicated to the Lord. But selfishly I sought after the flesh and now I need to care for a beautiful-new life, which I don't mind, God blessed me with a daughter that I do not deserve. I wish I realized this sooner and being distracted does not help, but nonetheless better late than never.
What do you believe God's calling is for your life?
Do you have faith that God will help you go through it?
[Edit] I don't know if I'm supposed to be single for the rest of my life or for a time, but I do know that for now, I need to get things going so I can provide for my little one. I also don't know if her biological father will be my husband or not, but as far as it's looking right now he may not be. Only time will tell and only God's plan will prevail. I know my life is a mess but maybe someone could learn from my mistakes and do better than me. Being a single mom is not a bad thing.