12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:12-13
God will not forget His people no matter where he has led them or let them go on their own; even if it be into bondage like the Israelites into Babylon. He says they will be able to call on Him, and He will answer them when the timing is right. Even if He leaves them 400 years like He did with the Israelites, He will still lift them up out of their bondage.
As preppers, it can be frustrating when others judge us. And when we look for God’s approval and don’t hear it, we are left to wonder if we are following in His light.
If they are not careful, God’s silence can cause some of His people to grumble and groan, as they are left to think He has turned His back on them. They will stop seeking Him, and fall into the trap of attempting to do things in their own strength. When you submit to God’s will, you acknowledge He is sovereign over your live; your whole life. Even when He is silent, His precepts should still rule. Seeking God is a daily exercise of faith, which we can do through scripture reading, prayer and meditation on His word.
God’s silence can also mean He wants you to diligently seek Him out. Notice the verbs in the scripture: call, go, pray, seek and search; these are to be done “with all your heart.” God created the path to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. All other attempts to reach God will fall far short.
Knowing that God has promised to be found, if He is sought by the right path, it is a promise you can cling to when God is silent in your life.
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Today in Christian History
1464 – Pius II led a brief ‘crusade’ into Italy, against the Turks. However, he soon became ill and died, before the rest of his allies arrived. Soon after, the three-centuries-old ‘crusades mentality’ among European Christians came to an end.
1781 – The first Baptist church established in Kentucky was organized at Elizabethtown. (Kentucky was first visited by Baptist missionaries in 1772 when Squire Boone, brother of explorer Daniel Boone, began exploring the eastern Kentucky regions.)
1819 – Birth of Samuel Longfellow, an American clergyman who composed the words to the hymn, ‘Father, Give Thy Benediction.’
1830 – Birth of Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane, an orphaned Scottish poet who penned two of the most haunting hymns in the English language: ‘Beneath the Cross of Jesus’ and ‘The Ninety and Nine.’
1906 – Birth of Gordon Lindsay, missions pioneer. In 1948 Lindsay and he wife Freda founded Christ for the Nations, an interdenominational foreign missions support agency.
Source for Today in Christian History: www.studylight.org