“Then you will call 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 your heart,” Jeremiah 29:12-13 (ESV).
What is on your heart when you come to God? Do you try to hide anything? I know I have. God sees all. God knows all. We can tell Him all that is on our heart, and may as well since He already knows what is there! We can, and should, always come to Him with a sincere heart. There is no need to try and fool Him with fancy words or a lack of them. He knows how we feel about everyone and everything in our life. If we genuinely want to seek God and His direction in our life, we need to seek Him with a sincere heart.
I know that I cannot hide from God, but I still tried. I lived a life making my own decisions and not seeking God’s direction in any of them. I would always cry out to God when things got tough, but never out of sincerity. I would still hold something back that I would not turn over to Him. I was always justifying my actions, at the same time, asking my Heavenly Father for help. But after asking for help, I would get up and keep going my own way. How foolish of me to think I could find God with an insincere heart!
He already knows what we harbor in our hearts. Trying to pull a fast one on God does not work, yet I spent most of my life trying. If only I had sought God with a sincere heart, one that desired change and was full of repentance. Now I know that finding God means I need to seek Him with my heart; I have given up trying to hide anything from Him. I am glad that I gave up trying and so thankful for God’s forgiveness.
We always want to come to God with a sincere heart because that is when we will find Him.