Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 20, 2015

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 2:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“8 Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.”  And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”  10 He said, “You have asked a hard thing.  Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you;  but if not, it shall not be so.”  11 As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them.  And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.  12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!”  And he saw Elijah no more.  Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.  13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan.  14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?”  And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there;  and Elisha crossed over.”  2 Kings 2:8-14.

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In sharpest contrast to Ahaziah who was punished for not seeking the God of Israel, but rather who sought to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he would recover from his sickness (in the previous chapter), Elisha immediately sought God after he took up Elijah’s mantle to begin his own ministry as shown by his words:  “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” 

“Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.”  Isaiah 55:6.

And, what were the results of Elijah seeking the LORD? 

“And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there;  and Elisha crossed over.”  Verse 14.

Today, we cross over from a weekend of rest and recreation to a week of work.  Some of us will cross over into new employment or new projects or new challenges.

Will we just proceed to cross over? 

Or, will we first seek the LORD?   

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6.

“9 The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalm 9:9-10.

“The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.”  Psalm 34:10.

“3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
4 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.”  Psalm 105:3-4.

“Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the Lord understand all things.”  Proverbs 28:3-4.

“25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.                                                                                                                                      26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent
Since He has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust,
Perhaps there is hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
31 For the Lord will not reject forever,
32 For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.”  Lamentations 3:25-32.

“Seek the Lord,
All you humble of the earth
Who have carried out His ordinances;
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Perhaps you will be hidden
In the day of the Lord’s anger.”  Zephaniah 2:3.

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