“But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you truly seek Him with all your heart and mind and soul and life. When you are in tribulation and all these things come upon you, in the latter days you will turn to the Lord your God and be obedient to His voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant of your fathers, which He swore to them.”
(Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Amplified Study Bible)
“But if from there you will seek the Lord…”
From there, WHERE?
The children of God were being greatly influenced by the surrounding cultures of their day. Many of them were engaging in blatant idolatry. Nothing new there. It seemed that the Lord God was only THE LORD GOD when they needed a miracle or two. Otherwise, their walk with Him was pretty flimsy.
I know. OUCH!
Moses is giving them a good old-fashioned tongue lashing. He is commanding obedience from the Israelites, regardless of how good the temptations feel at the moment.
I know. Another OUCH!
But, what is the message here? Our God is a merciful God! He will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant which places us in the palm of His hand. The Word clearly says, “But if from THERE you will seek the Lord your God, you will find Him IF you truly seek Him with all your heart and mind and soul and life” (verse 29).
Even from THERE.
“Oh where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7,8)
Have you found yourself wandering from the Lord? Are you empty? Desperate? Are there other gods in your life that take you away from your Father’s embrace? The Lord stands waiting with outstretched arms, ready to receive you, ready to restore you…ready to love you with an everlasting love.
IF you truly seek Him with all your heart and mind and soul and life, He will be found.
A good place to start is on your knees.
That’s where He brought me this morning.
Father, we love You. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Your faithfulness astounds me. We give You glory and honor and praise.