Jeremiah 24:7 – “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
When the people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem were taken into captivity to Babylon, God had a plan. The plan was for His people to return to Him with their whole heart, not bodies, not heads, not world knowledge, but hearts.
God’s promise was to watch over them, and He did. He wanted His people to love Him only, not to practice idolatry and depend on man made gods, but to depend and turn entirely to Him.
Today, in a very peculiar way, we all are in a sort of captivity, a captivity caused by the pandemic. We too are in isolation: social and emotional. We can easily substitute “God” with various tools available to us like our smart phones, smart TVs, video games, technological distractions.
For many of us these are very difficult times: we have been physically separated from family, friends, loved ones.
Who should we turn our eyes and our hearts to? Surely there are plenty of technological distractions, movies and series in abundance to keep us zoned out for hours, that fill our thoughts with a strange busyness that keeps us from searching God.
Just as He was watching over His people in Babylon, be assured that He is watching over us right now! Our God wants to give us a heart to know Him, to know that He is the Lord, now and always! He wants us to know that we are His people, that He is our God. He wants us to return to Him with our whole heart.
Dear Lord, we place our hearts before You. We are Yours. And all we want is You. Be with us until the very end. We trust Your promise to never leave us or forsake us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.