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Jeremiah 29: 11 - 13 > Find me when you search
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 Ye shall seek me and find me when . . .
 
 
  Jeremiah  29: 11 - 13          ( King James Version ) 
   
    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give ou an expected end.
 
verse 12  >   Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
 
verse 13 >  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
 
 
   Jeremiah 29: 11 - 13        ( New International Version )
 
  "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
v. 12  >  Then you will call upon me and come to pray to me, and I will listen to you.
v. 13  >  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
v. 14  >  "I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and I will bring you back from captivity."
 
 
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The Lord in His providence had brought this trial upon Abraham to teach him lessons of submission, patience, and faith -- lessons that where to be placed on record for the benefit of all who should afterward be called to endure affliction. God leads His children by a way that they know not, but He does not forget or cast off those who put their trust in Him. He permitted affliction to come upon Job, but He did not forsake him. He allowed the beloved John to be exiled to lonely Patmos, but the Son of God met him there, and his vision was filled with scenes of immortal glory. God permits trials to assail His people, that by their constancy and obedience they themselves may be spiritually enriched, and that their example may be a source of strength to others. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11. The very trials that task our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are to lead us closer to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at His feet and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 129.2
God permits trials to assail His people, that by their constancy and obedience they themselves may be spiritually enriched, and that their example may be a source of strength to others. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jer. 29:11). The very trials that task our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are to lead us closer to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at His feet and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange.  {CC 45.5}
 
In His interest for His children, our heavenly Father personally directed their education. Often they were visited by His messengers, the holy angels, and from them received counsel and instruction. Often as they walked in the garden in the cool of the day they heard the voice of God, and face to face held communion with the Eternal. His thoughts toward them were "thoughts of peace, and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11. His every purpose was their highest good.  {Ed 21.1}
 
 
God's promise is, "Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13.  {SC 43.1}
   The whole heart must be yielded to God, or the change can never be wrought in us by which we are to be restored to His likeness. By nature we are alienated from God. The Holy Spirit describes our condition in such words as these: "Dead in trespasses and sins;" "the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint;" "no soundness in it." We are held fast in the snare of Satan, "taken captive by him at his will." Ephesians 2:1;  Isaiah 1:5, 6; 2  Timothy 2:26. God desires to heal us, to set us free. But since this requires an entire transformation, a renewing of our whole nature, we must yield ourselves wholly to Him.  Steps to Christ, page 43.2
God's promise is, "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer. 29:13.  {FLB 154.2}
 
 
"That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." In the light of the Saviour's life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father's heart. It testifies that the thoughts of God toward us are "thoughts of peace, and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11.  It declares that while God's hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me.  Desire of Ages, page 57.1
 
 
"I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11. This is the message that, in the light from the cross, may be read upon all the face of nature. The heavens declare His glory, and the earth is full of His riches.  {Ed 101.4}
 
One day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He careth for us. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11; "In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength"  Isaiah 30:15. -- MB 101 (1896).  {2MCP 472.5}
 
The message was brought to Asa by the Lord's prophet: "The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; (2 Chron. 15:2; cf.) and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you"  Jer. 29:11-13. My heart goes out in faith. Faith is not feeling; faith is not sight. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).  {TDG 156.3}
 
Jeremiah 29: 13
At our yearly convocations these things should be set before the people, and they should be encouraged to find in Christ deliverance from the power of sin. He says: "When ye shall search for Me with all your heart, . . . I will be found of you." Jeremiah 29:13, 14. The standard should be elevated, and the preaching should be of the most spiritual character, that the people may be led to see the reason of their weakness and unhappiness. Many are unhappy because they are unholy. Purity of heart, innocence of mind, only can be blessed of God. When sin is cherished, it can in the end produce nothing but unhappiness; and the sin which leads to the most unhappy results is pride of heart, the lack of Christlike sympathy and love.  {6T 53.1}
 
Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. The eye of faith will discern God very near, and the suppliant may obtain precious evidence of the divine love and care for him. But why is it that so many prayers are never answered? David says, "I cried unto Him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." [PS. 66:17, 18.] By another prophet the Lord gives us the promise, "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." [ Jeremish 29:13. ] Again, he speaks of some who "have not cried unto me with their heart." [HOS. 7:14.] Such petitions are prayers of form, lip-service only, which the Lord does not accept.  {GW92 35.1}  {HP 73.2}‚Äč
 
God says, "Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart"  [Jer. 29:13]. There is altogether too little courtesy and reverence shown to God. Those who are serving under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel, who have on their side the heavenly host, should give to the world a bright evidence of the saving power of truth. "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" [Luke 12:35, 36].  {17MR 40.4}
 
Chapter 310 - With All Your Heart  --  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13.  {AG 318.1}
Chap. 81 - "With All Your Heart"  --  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13.   {HP 87.1}
Find God Through Prayer  - -   Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer. 29:12, 13  {ML 19.1}
 
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