By Tiffany Deluccia
I think Christian circles get hung up on Jeremiah 29:11. So many sermons, books and articles on God’s plan for us, His hope for us and the prosperity that follows.
It can all feel rather elusive at times, and I think there’s a reason for that.
That hope and future, that promise of prosperity can’t be separated from the next two verses, which I daresay capture the themes of the entire Bible pretty well.
“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 with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Are you calling upon Him?
Are you seeking Him – not His will, not His wisdom, not His blessings – just Him, with all your heart?
Do you even have all of your heart to give?
There’s something naturally disgusting about a half-hearted attempt. That guy who texts you sometimes, when he’s bored, but never really asks you out. That project you commit to help out of guilt or a need to impress, but never really excites you.
We give God a fraction of our hearts because we’re also giving fractions to everything else: teams, grades, boys, things, projects – everybody’s distractions are different. If you’re going to give God all of your heart’s ability to pursue, you have to be honest about where else your heart has been tied up.
His plans, His hope and future for you — they aren’t your property. They don’t happen because they’re available to you. You find them caught up in a whole-hearted romance with the Lover of your soul.