A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, April 29, 2015
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
When I was a child, one of my favorite games to play was hide and seek. I am not sure if I had more joy being the one seeking or being sought. There was a certain thrill of seeking, with great expectation and anticipation bubbling over in finding my person. There was also equal glee in hiding, just waiting to see how long it would take one of my friends to find me, and then to celebrate in their discovery of me. I believe that God wants to play hide and seek with us, experiencing the same joy in both positions. We need to start playing hide and seek with our Divine Daddy!
To “seek,” as used in this verse, is baqash (pr. baw-kash), which is “to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer), to strive after” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines “strive” as to “to devote serious effort or energy.” Wow! When we participate in prayer and worship, we are seeking God! How cool is that?! How much effort do you devote to seeking your approachable Father, my brother? Do you save some energy for your Daddy after you close out the day, my sister?
When we “find” God (matsa, pr. maw-tsaw), He actually can’t hold back to know we are looking for Him! The word “find” means “to come forth to, be here.” Unlike in the traditional game of hide and seek, Our Faithful Father helps us find Him by coming forth to us and meeting us where we are at.
When we seek using the “search” strategy, we are unstoppable! To “search” is darash (pr. daw-rash)—“to tread or frequent, to worship.” Webster defines “tread” as “to walk, to subdue or repress as if by trampling” and further defines “worship” as “the act of showing respect and love, reverence offered, extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to.”
God has already given us the power to tread! Luke 10:19 testifies of this authority as it comes boldly forth “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” We already have our God-given authority to walk on top of and subdue the lies of the devil, worldly reports, situations and circumstances.
How is your treading going, family? If your treading isn’t so well, try putting on some on worship. Not just any worship, but extravagant worship! Only the best will do for our Most Worthy Father! Our King of kings and Lord of Lords! Your extravagant worship will put you on the fast track to finding your Father every time!
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible commentary provides the following clues: “Godliness starts with redemption, the process of which old things pass away and new things come to pass, by God’s mercy and grace (2 Cor. 5:17). Jeremiah paints a vivid picture revealing God’s ability and willingness to save, cleanse, and restore beyond human rebellion, idolatry, deception, and corruption. Today, He does this through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah whom Jeremiah anticipated in faith to redeem and restore God’s people. Call, pray, seek, and search for God with all your heart and He will be found. Believe that He wants good things for you and has a plan for your life” (© 2002 Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
Are you ready? Great! Get set and go! Your Holy Father is waiting for you to find Him.
Father, thank You for being such a gracious and merciful God. We repent for keeping You in hiding for far too long. Help us to not be preoccupied with things that take us away from playing hide and seek with You. Put an ongoing and overflowing extravagant worship and respect for You in our hearts. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we find You because we seek and search for You with all of our beings. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to wake up ready to play hide and seek every morning. Determine to walk in a lifestyle of extravagant worship each day. Make a habit of seeking and searching for your Divine Daddy in unexpected places. And continue to fight the good fight of treading on your circumstances while poised to find your Father; for God, your Ultimate Hiding Place, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2015, unless otherwise noted.