“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)
When Elisha was called to serve the prophet Elijah, he committed himself 100 percent. He slaughtered the oxen he relied on for farming, and prepared a feast for the neighborhood. Without his oxen, he couldn’t go back to farming. He had to ensure that he was successful in his new endeavors, no matter what. There was no turning back. When we become clean and sober, we need that same level of commitment. We must rely on God 100%. We need to make sure there is no turning back to our old ways and our old lives.
We must seek God with all of our heart. Not a portion of it. All of it. The whole thing. We don’t just seek out God in church, or at a recovery meeting, we seek God everyday, all day. We become hungry for God. We yearn to be in a relationship with Him. We want to know what He wants for our lives. We hunger to know Him as best as our minds allow. When we seek God out with our whole heart, we find Him. God then brings us out of captivity, out of our addictions, and into a new life.
Elisha served Elijah for many years before Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha was known simply as Elijah’s servant, or the “one who pours water on Elijah’s hands.” (2 Kings 3:11) Elisha was very humble and didn’t make a fuss that people didn’t call him by name. We would do well to have that degree of humility as we hunger for and seek out God. We don’t need our names known to all, or put in lights. We can be known simply as the person who seeks to know and to serve God. If we hunger for God, we will find Him. He will feed our hungry hearts.
F.R.O.G. Practice: Get hungry for God in all areas of your life. Seek Him all of your heart. Be humble. Serve Him. Wait on Him with no expectations. Be known simply as the one who seeks God with their whole heart.