I see Jeremiah 29:11 pop up online in many circumstances.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11, NLT.
One year, reading through these chapters in Jeremiah, I recognized it immediately, but what followed was new to me.
12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:12-14, NLT.
Relationship with God. When I speak to him, he hears. When I look for him, I will find him.
“I will be found by you,” says the Lord.
James speaks of drawing close to God.
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James 4:2b-8, NLT.
Lord, thank you for being safe for my heart. I can come to you and you are waiting to listen. I can look for you, and I will find you. I can come to you with the very honest things in my heart, and you give grace. I can come close to you, and you meet me right where I am.
I am grateful.