A thanks for today

Father God, I can but give you feeble thanks for all that you have done and continue to do.  You loved me enough to send your Son, my LORD Jesus, to redeem me by his death and resurrection. You loved me even before I came home to love you. You love me when I mess up, and do or say something that is hurtful or unkind, and doesn’t honor you. Thank you. Thank you for carrying me when I cannot go on. Praises be to your holy name. 

Conditionality

 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 

We love promises, but we tend to balk at anyone or anything that places conditions on those promises. We don’t like to hear that we might actually have to make some effort ourselves, instead of being handed the thing on a silver platter. But sometimes those conditions are absolutely necessary.

God’s promises come both ways — some are unconditional such as “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” But some, like the verse above, have  conditions. This promise: “you will find me,” says we will find God when we seek him with all (our )heart.  The question is, are we, am I, willing to seek God with ALL my heart?  And what does that even mean?

To the first question, for me, I believe the answer is “Yes, I do want to seek with all my heart.”  To the second, perhaps it means putting God first:  Before I start rushing about on my agenda, take time to geet God with a word of thanks, a prayer, a praise.  Maybe it means reading His letter to me (the Bible) FIRST and not last. It might mean going to Sunday worship service to worship Him when I feel like sitting home and bawling my eyes out and feeling sorry for myself in my grief. 

Mostly I think it means just putting one foot in front of the other, and at every step I can manage, saying “I love you Jesus, and thank you for walking me through this.”