CONDITION and PROMISE…


2 Chronicles 15:1-2 – “Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”  NASB

Wow!  That is a declaration that needs to be heard and heeded into today’s church and world.  Consider what Azariah said to King Asa and let it settle on your mind and begin the work of liberation in your spirit.  He said, “if you seek Him, He will let you find Him…”  That is powerful, but it is not the whole picture presented by the prophet.  He followed that up by saying, “but, if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”  That is incredible!

First, the declaration that God is willing to be found by those who seek Him should produce a sense of excitement in our hearts.  God can be found in these troubled times.  He is not dead.  He is not asleep. He is not hiding.  He is standing in the open waiting for us to seek Him. 

I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist, “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.” (14:2).  The apostle Paul spoke of the benefit of seeking God in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  The prophet Isaiah echoed these sentiments and revelation in Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”  The benefit and promises are incredible.

The directive of our LORD Jesus in Matthew 6 is that if we make God first in our lives, seeking Him with a whole heart, we will not only find Him, but He will become or provider and benefactor.  He will provide all the THINGS that have consumed our focus and quiet all the FEARS that are flooding our minds. 

I believe that God desires to be found, otherwise, the directive of Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer would be cruel and unjust.  If we are to pray for the Kingdom of God to come to the earth and His rule be recognized and submitted to but God is unfindable, that would be ridiculous.  God wants to fellowship with us and enjoys our interaction with Him.  He created us in His image and likeness.  He declared through the prophet Zechariah, “Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; behold I am coming, and I will dwell in your midst…” (2:10).  Why do that if there is no desire to fellowship with us?

God’s expressed desire to dwell with His people is found throughout the Bible.  It is seen in Exodus 29, Leviticus 26, Numbers 35, Deuteronomy 12, and 1 Kings 6.  It is seen in the New Testament in the declarations of Jesus and the writings of the apostles. 

I find the declaration in 1 John 1:1-3 incredible,“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Are you searching for answers?  Seek God.  Are you in need of healing?  Seek God.  Are you in need of a miracle?  Seek God.  Do you need forgiveness and peace?  Seek God.  What is the answer in life and the solution to the turmoil we are facing?  God!  Let’s set our hearts to seeking Him and when we do, He will allow us to find Him, discover Him, uncover Him, and encounter Him in a transforming way.  He will renew our minds and thereby transform us moving us from glory to glory and we will become what we are beholding.

Make it your purpose to Seek God!  Have a Great Day!

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