Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 14:1‐16:14, Romans 9:1‐21, Psalm 19:1‐14, Proverbs 20:1
2 Chronicles 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.
- Context: In chapter 14, Asa is submissive to the Lord and wins a great battle. At the beginning of Chapter 15, the Spirit of the Lord comes on Asariah and he approaches Asa with these words…. “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” (15:2). The people respond to these words and “they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul” (15:12).
- The people rejoiced over their oath to seek the Lord
- The oath was to seek the Lord with their:
- All their heart
- Whole desire / all their soul (v12+15)
- The Lord was found by them
- Notice this is a promise fulfilled – “If you seek him, he will be found by you…
- The Lord gave them rest all around
Are you seeking the Lord with all of your heart and soul? What else are you seeking? Are you willing to get rid of your idols? Are you willing to make an oath to whole heartedly seek him?
Apply: Pray – “Lord I want to seek you with all of my heart and soul! Show me the idols you want me to clear out of my life. Give me the strength to whole heartedly seek you. Place men around me that will hold me accountable to this oath.”
What prompts you to seek God?
Sam, I think reading the Word is a great way to be inspired to seek Him. I love this promise, too! He allows us to find Him! What a motivator that is and proof of His love nature.
Cinda – I agree. Reading his Word is a great way… maybe the best way… to be inspired to seek Him. I thankful that he promises to be found if we seek him with a whole heart.
Thank you for posting this wonderful passage of Scripture! I love how the phrase “whole-hearted” and “whole desire” implies depth of soul and great passion associated with seeking His face and heart. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6. It is clear that the enemy uses innumerable distractions to keep us from turning our “whole heart” toward our loving, powerful God and obeying what the Lord instructed us through David: “Be still and know that I am God.” I feel it is time to fervently pray for revival (conviction, sincere repentance, and turning) for God’s people. “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…” We must make a choice. Let us be like Judah and put aside/ destroy our idols and love our God with all our heart, committing to follow His ways. There is such freedom in whole-hearted surrender to God.
Good words! In fact, what I appreciate most about your comments is they are filled with God’s Words.
I had a conversation with several of my friends last week about the need for revival in our culture. I believe we have a poeple are honoring God with our lips, but our hearts are far from him. We must show a culture hearts that are repentant and are passionately seeking a gracious God.
Thanks for the reference to Hebrews 12. That passage helped motivate revivial in my own life several years ago.