Zachary Bright

The Wonder of it All

Addendum to Why Is God Hidden?

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I saw this Bible text yesterday in Jeremiah that relates well to my post of May 20:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart…” (Jer. 29:11-13, ESV) Of course in the first instance these words are part of the word of the LORD through the prophet Jeremiah to the exiles from Judah in captivity in Babylon. God assures them that they will be brought back to their land and their fortunes will be restored to them. But also, these words, “I know the plans I have for you…” show us the heart of God for his people. In this time for me of semi-becalmed waters, while I am on temporary long-term disability, I find these words reassuring. Perhaps you are struggling, like some of my friends, with the terrors of Obamacare or you are facing a major illness or you are burdened with severe financial pressures or maybe your life has just not turned out the way you thought it would and should. Then these words are for you too! They show the heart of the all-powerful Father for you. While I am writing this, I am listening to “Guide You Home” (2008) from Remedy Drive’s Daylight EP. The words “I will guide you home…” seem so appropriate.

However, it is the end of verse 13, “When you seek me with all your heart…” that seems to dove-tail so well with the May 20th post. Jesus said that if you seek, you will find.

Author: Zachary Bright

Until February 2014, I was pastor of Divine Savior Presbyterian Church for about 24 years. I am interested in theology, alternative music, new worship music, culture making, philosophy and dogs. Most of all I am interested in extending the Kingdom of God and its blessings to everyone around me. I am the Director of the Southern CA. C.S. Lewis Society and I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. My wife Terry, my dog Jack Lewis and I host a Bible Study in our home on Sunday afternoons.

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