Wednesday, October 10, 2018
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Many Native American cultures have developed ancient rites of passage for their young males entering adulthood. These rites of passage, generally called “vision quests,” usually involve a fast for several days at a sacred, isolated location and are designed for the young men to seek guidance from the spirit world as to their purposes in life, roles in the community, and how they may best serve their people. Once they have completed their vision quests and received direction for the future, the young men sometimes become apprentices or students assigned to a mentor where they will learn their trades and begin their lives as contributing members of the tribe.
The entire life of a believer was meant to be a “vision quest.” We are to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to discover our purposes in life, roles in the body of Christ, and how we may best serve the kingdom of God. Then as disciples, we are to become equipped as God's instruments designed to impact our culture for the cause of Christ. Jeremiah described a similar type of “vision quest” for the people of Israel during their 70 years of captivity. The important part of this vision quest for believers today is found in verse 13. God expected the Israelites to call on Him and to seek Him, which is also His expectation of us. When we seek God with all our hearts, He will be found and give us the necessary guidance for our next steps into the future.