“When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
Jeremiah 29:13 (The Message)
When you’ve drifted away from God, how do you get back to him? What does it look like to “get serious about finding” God again?
Be honest with yourself because nothing is going to change until you admit that things aren’t working as they should. Finding God requires your full commitment—half measures won’t work here! You will need to want it “more than anything else.”
God wants to be first in your life; if you are distant from him, something else has taken the number one spot in your heart. You will need to do some significant soul-searching to discover what has taken God’s place. Then you need to confess your sins to God. He loves you unconditionally, just as you are! But you need to ask for his forgiveness for the things you’ve done that have taken you away from him.
Once you’ve said yes to Jesus, you’ll never lose your relationship with him. However, when God isn’t your top priority, a distance begins to develop. At first, you will feel a sense of guilt. God gave you these feelings to draw you closer to him. It’s like the “check engine” light on your car’s dashboard, telling you it’s time to get the car fixed. When you ignore your guilt, over time you will feel a wall go up between you and God. Bad things happen to your car when you ignore the “check engine” light, and the same is true with your relationship with God.
When you trust in God more than anything else in your life, you will never be disappointed. Take the path back to God because he will never let you down.
January 19 from Open Doors: A Year of Devotions