2 Chronicles 15:1-4, 7
“The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. 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. For a long time, Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought Him, and He was found by them… 7 But as for you [Asa], be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
I love this story of Asa in 2 Chronicles 15. We see in verse 1 that Asa is spoken to by the prophet Azariah. Here, in this portion of scripture, we find a simple way to find God…to seek him. Verse 2 simply says, “if you seek Him, He will be found by you.” I run into so many people that think God is far off and unavailable to us “mere humans.” However, we read over and over in Scripture that He is very near to us and it really is easy to find him. We only need to spend time seeking Him, which is most easily attainable through reading the Bible and spending time with God in prayer.
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
If you’re looking for a secret formula to hear from God, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but there isn’t one! The answer is plainly stated, many times in the Word of God…we simply need to spend time seeking Him. So many times, we come to God in prayer, and all we do is talk, talk, talk, say amen, and then go about our business. Seeking God is easy, but it requires time in His presence, asking…and then actually taking the time to listen for an answer.
As we finish reading 2 Chronicles 15, we learn that Asa listened to the word of the prophet, cleared the land of the idols that were plaguing the land, and entered into a covenant with all the people of the land to seek the Lord, with all their heart and soul. In verse 15 it says, “They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.”
Because of Asa’s commitment to the Lord, his kingdom was at peace for the next 20 years. They saw no war, for 20 years!
I hope we will learn from Asa. Let us covenant to seek the Lord with all our heart and soul, so that we too may live in peace.