The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of July 25, 2016
2 Chronicles 15:1-2, “The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, 2and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: 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.”
Beloved, the story of Asa is a story in which we can all learn a valuable lesson. Asa was king over Judah for forty-one years and for most of that time, Asa was a good king. 2 Chronicles 14: 2-3 says, “And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim.”
As we read, Asa was seeking the Lord and seeking to do the right thing. He continued to seek the Lord all the more after Azariah gave the above proclamation found in 2 Chronicles 15. This spurned Asa to take courage, “And put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim.” (2 Chronicles 15:8)
Unfortunately it did not last. Toward the end of Asa’s life he stopped seeking the Lord. When Israel came against Judah, He trusted Ben Hadad the king of Syria instead of trusting the Lord. And even when Asa got diseased in his feet, he did not seek the lord as 2 Chronicles 16:12, says, “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians.”
Beloved, the lesson for us is clear. We must continually seek the Lord. As 2 Chronicles 15:2 says, “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.” Beloved, we must consistently and continually run to the Lord as Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!