Seek God! Find God!
IN 2 CHRONICLES 15, a prophet by the name of Azariah came to King Asa with this word of encouragement. “The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”
In very simple terms, the promise of this passage is that God can be found. In fact it says in verse 4 that indeed “he was found by them.”
But finding God does require something of us. It requires that we seek him. It says in verse 12 that “they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their Fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul.”
This is a great passage to consider at the beginning of a new year. What would it look like for you this year to “enter into covenant to seek the Lord with all your heart and all your soul?” Consider these observations from 2 Chronicles 15 as we commit to seek the Lord in 2018.
Seek God through Corporate Worship – I am struck by the centrality of corporate worship as the people of Judah made covenant to seek God. They made necessary repairs to the temple (v. 8), they called back those who had left (v. 9) and they assembled together to worship at the temple (v. 9-10). Seeking God includes corporate worship. Make a covenant this year to weekly gather with God’s people for worship.
Seek God through God’s Word – It says in verse 3 that there had been a time in the land when they were “without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law.” In other words, the teaching of the Word of God had been lacking. Seeking God includes the Word of God. Make a covenant this year to spend time reading and meditating on God’s Word.
Seek God through Repentance – It says in verse 8, “As soon as Asa heard these words… he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land.” Confession and repentance is an ongoing act of turning away from those things that detract us from God and turning in obedience to God. Seeking God includes prayers of confession and repentance. Make it a covenant to daily pray, “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Seek God through Community – It is hard to escape the corporate nature of Israel’s seeking God in this passage. It is something they did together. It says in verse 15, “All Judah rejoiced over the oath.” This covenant to seek God was not an individual and private thing they did. Seeking God includes connecting into community. Make it a covenant this year to seek God in community through corporate worship and connecting into a community group.
Seek God through Sacrificial Giving – This chapter closes by telling us that King Asa “brought into the house of God the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels.” The act of giving our offerings is an act of trusting God. It is a sign of who we worship and it is an act of gratitude. Seeking God includes cheerfully giving of our offerings to God. Make it a covenant this year to faithfully give of your first and your best to God.
Seek God in 2018! How? Seek God through corporate worship, God’s Word, prayers of repentance, community and giving.
What is the promise attached to this? You will find God and God will give you rest. It says in verse 15, “and the LORD gave them rest all around.” When you find God you find peace! May that be your story in 2018.
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