Does the verse in Jeremiah 29:13 apply only to Israel?
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (NASB) Jer. 29:12-13
God spoke the words in Jeremiah 29:12-13 to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. They are wonderful words, and the words also apply to us. The concept of seeking and searching for God is found in the Psalms. The following quotes come from King David, who already believed in God when he wrote these words.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. (NASB) Ps. 9:10
This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah. (NASB) Ps. 24:6
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,”Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” (NASB) Ps. 27:8
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (NASB) Ps. 63:1
Moses pled with God in Exodus 33:12-13 to know Him more, and Paul longed to more about God. Both Moses and Paul were seeking after God.
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You… (NASB) Ex. 33:13
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ . . . (NASB) Phil. 3:8
They were not looking for salvation but for more of God.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 are wonderful verses. God wants us to seek Him, to know Him, and to love Him. Matt. 11:25 hints at the fact that God hides Himself from us. Isaiah 45:15 also hints that God hides Himself. Why? Because He wants us to seek Him as a man seeks for gold. God wants us to seek a relationship with Him. Do you want one with Him? I would encourage you to read, “God’s Great Passion.”