You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. –Jeremiah 29:13
What does it look like to seek someone with your whole heart? The simplest analogy is that of a romantic interest. Your thoughts are consumed with the other person, you want to get to know them, but not on a superficial level like everyone else—you want to know their heart and what makes them the way they are—their past, what makes them tick, their biggest fears as well as their hopes and dreams; you want to spend time with them, even if it means just being in their presence, not doing anything in particular; you want to shower them with displays of your affection, and you would do anything for them.
God desires a relationship like that with you. He wants to romance your heart, but you must desire Him with your whole heart to unlock the full potential of your relationship with Him. He’s all in and He wants to know that you are too. For those who come from broken homes or broken relationships, the thought of giving someone (yes, even God) your whole heart might scare you. Take comfort in 1 John 4:18, knowing that unlike the love you might have experienced in the past, God’s love is perfect.
As Christians, we know that true love is not based on feelings, but on a daily decision to love another in good times and in bad. Let’s choose to love God every day and find ways to show Him our affection.
Recommended additional reading: 1 John 4:7-21
Song: How He Loves by David Crowder Band (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCunuL58odQ)
Angela Naugle currently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She graduated from Baylor University and has her Masters in Social Work from Texas Christian University.