Encouragement

Seek the Lord!

The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. - II Chronicles 15:2 

These words were inspired by the Holy Spirit, spoken by the prophet Azariah, and addressed to King Asa of Judah. They were meant to prompt Asa to institute reforms and purge the Jewish land of idols so that the people of God could experience renewal. There is a great truth in this text that I have experienced in my life and unfortunately I have experienced both sides of it. 

When I make an effort to be with the Lord in prayer, the reading of the Bible, and worship I find that the Lord is with me. I experience His presence and sometimes I even feel it. The text tells us that if we seek God we will find him. What does that mean? It certainly doesn’t mean God is hiding- His presence is everywhere. It means that when we seek the Lord the Holy Spirit will open our eyes so that we know and find Him. The flip side is that if we ignore spending time with God we will drift from the Lord and become alienated. Many people in this world live their whole lives ignoring God and as a consequence they are forsaken. God simply reciprocates our forsakenness. Friend, be encouraged and seek the Lord and He will find you and be with you.

 

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Look ot the Lord!

We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. - II Chronicles 20:12. 

These words come at the end of a prayer made by Jehoshaphat, a king of Judah during OT times. His country was about to be attacked by foreign invaders and he was feeling overwhelmed by the danger before him. Not a lot has changed for the church since that prayer from 2900 years ago. The church, at times, finds herself in contexts of great moral, social, and spiritual upheaval. This often leads to feelings of anxiety and despair, and we know not what to do. Jehoshaphat’s prayer offers a great word of advice to us. Look to the Lord! We may not know how to solve everything but if we will look to the Lord, in due time he will show us how we can face the vast armies that are before us! There is a refrain in an old great hymn that was popularized as a praise chorus in the 70’s. It goes like this: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into his wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of is glorious grace.” Be encouraged and keep your eyes on the author and perfecter of your faith.      

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