“You will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29
Even though we may drift far from God, scripture tells us that when we turn to Him and seek Him with all our heart and all our soul that we will find Him.
However, as we look at our lives, we can often feel that we have drifted too far from Him, or that the messes in our lives render us undeserving of God. But this is not how God views us. Instead, when we turn to Him completely, we find that “He is a merciful God, who will not forsake us, nor destroy us, nor forget the covenant He has with us” (Deuteronomy 4:31).
The key is our turning to Him, to seek Him with all of our heart and all of our soul.
When God tells us to seek Him with all of our heart and all of our soul, He is really telling us that He wants all of us, not just a part. He wants every single part of us, every part of our lives. He doesn’t want us to withhold anything from Him. And the reason is that He loves us more than we could ever imagine.
We see the full meaning of this love when we look at the cross of Calvary and the price that was paid for us, when “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
I love that God is described as being merciful. Merciful means to be full of mercy, to be full of love and compassion for someone. It speaks of only thinking good towards someone, even when they wrong you or are against you! In other words, even when we don’t deserve it, God is for us!
Also, we don’t have to change to come to Him, we simply come to Him just as we are, warts and all! Then when we find Him, He pours His love into our hearts and He changes us from the inside out, so that we become His hands and feet, vessels fit for His use.
So during these 21 days of prayer and fasting, turn to God with all of your heart and all of your soul and let Him into every single part of your life. Hold nothing back, but let Him into every area, even those areas you may be afraid of or ashamed of. As you do receive His love, grace and mercy and let Him clean it all up, in Jesus name.
– Dr Dermot Murphy