Are we SEEKING God when He can be FOUND?
February 22 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 4-6
"But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them." (Deut. 4:29-31)
The book of Deuteronomy adds much to our understanding of how we can be devoted to God with all of our heart and soul as it emphasizes the need for wholehearted commitment for the people whom God had redeemed from slavery and bondage. So far, their leader Moses was very close to God as he not only sought the Lord earnestly, but spent days together in His presence and even talked to God face-to-face (Exodus 33:11). Now, through Moses, God calls His people to pursue Him with all of their strength as His servant Moses had done so far.
God promised that if His people would rather turn to idols in the future, He would send them away into captivity (vv. 25–28). But even then, if these people repented and turned back to God with all their heart, He would restore them in His good favor (vv. 29–31). No nation had ever had the privileges of Israel, particularly the miracles connected with the deliverance from Egypt (vv. 32–38). Therefore they should be obedient to Him and thus enjoy His continued blessing (vv. 39, 40). God’s warnings are not idle words, and should not be taken lightly.
Thus, even the apostasy of the Israelites would not invalidate God’s covenant with His servant Abraham. It was the mercy of God that kept Him from letting go His children. The Apostle Paul also calls the present-day Israelites to turn their hearts to God (2 Cor. 3:15–16). Today, all people (irrespective of race, language or color) are instructed to come to God just as Israel must come, seeking Him with all their hearts and souls.
When we seek God sincerely, we will definitely find Him (4:29) along with the abundant life through Him (John 10:10). God would bless the nation when they return to Him, and the future of God’s people depends on God’s love. God was and is faithful to His promises. God forgives His people when they repent (vv. 29–31), but we should never deliberately disobey God (read Heb. 12:25–29). Even though our God is merciful (v. 31), He is also a jealous God (v. 24); so He will not permit His children to sin successfully. Rather, let us seek God earnestly when He will be found!
Listen to what God is telling us today: "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me." (Prov. 8:17) "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord". (Jer. 29:13-14)
"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him." (Lam. 3:25) "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; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)