From Pastor’s Desk:
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
We all love this verse because of the insight to God’s heart that He is thinking of us, and those thoughts include such a wonderful direction of His thoughts toward us.
However, like many other verses, or passages, of promise, this one is taken to heart only in part. While we readily welcome and accept the first two sentences and the first part of the last, we often miss the real crux of the matter, which is the last part of the last sentence, “…when you search for Me with ALL you heart”(Caps mine).
A New Testament verse that substantiates this is “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Matthew 7.7, 8; Luke 11.9).
To knock implies that we are close enough to the door to do so. Anything less disqualifies the “ALL your heart.”