Jesus Lives

DESIRING HIM

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I know the full extent of your weaknesses, and I realize that seeking Me wholeheartedly requires massive, sustained effort. I understand the brokenness within you and all around you. You are easily distracted by this disjointed world and by your restless thoughts. I don’t expect perfection in your pursuit of Me; it’s not about that at all. It is the effort itself that pleases Me—seeking Me even though it’s so hard.

Actually, the strenuousness of this pursuit blesses you! As you strive to find Me in your moments, your focus is on Me. While you plow your way toward Me through countless distractions, your awareness of Me increases. Even if you don’t feel close to Me, you find yourself communicating with Me. So there is a sense in which your efforts to find Me are self-fulfilling: I am richly present in your striving. As a result, you feel more alive—more solid and real—when you are actively pursuing Me.

Your willingness to pour yourself into this quest delights My heart. This challenging journey is all about perseverance. As long as you continue seeking Me, you are on the right path. My Presence continually moves along before you—keeping you from stagnating and showing you the way forward. In spite of the difficulties of the arduous trail you are following, your success is certain: I will be found by you!

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.
[Jeremiah 29:13–14]

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
[Hebrews 12:1]

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
[Romans 5:3]

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.
[2 Peter 1:5–6]

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