Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 29:1–13

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (v. 13)

Probably some of the people in exile called to mind the words of warning Jeremiah had proclaimed. Too late the truth of those words—now no more than a haunting phrase “it might have been”—was evident. Looking forward to long years of exile, with the older people perhaps never again seeing the homeland, was not a pleasant experience. Was life worth living? Did such a life have any meaning or purpose?

There came to the people in exile a letter from Jeremiah, the same man who had prophesied to them of impending doom and destruction. But the letter contained words of encouragement and hope. It urged the people to live normal lives, to take active part in the things of life. Above all, it indicated that God had not forsaken them. After the period of punishment, the people will again truly seek God. They will not seek and worship him superficially, in an attempt to ward off punishment or secure special benefits, but will seek him in spirit and in truth, desiring to be his people.

Seeking—finding. There are different motives for seeking. According to the attitude with which men seek, they find. God assures exiled Israel that “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” When we seek God with our whole heart, we will find him. Israel did; so will we. (originally published April 21, 1964)


Lord, help us seek you with an open heart. Amen.