Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 30, 2015

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 31.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+31&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah, broke the pillars in pieces, cut down the Asherim and pulled down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his possession.

2 And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites by their divisions, each according to his service, both the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister and to give thanks and to praise in the gates of the camp of the Lord.

3 He also appointed the king’s portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, namely, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, as it is written in the law of the Lord.  4 Also he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the law of the Lord.  5 As soon as the order spread, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey and of all the produce of the field;  and they brought in abundantly the tithe of all.  6 The sons of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of sacred gifts which were consecrated to the Lord their God, and placed them in heaps.  7 In the third month they began to make the heaps, and finished them by the seventh month.  8 When Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and His people Israel.  9 Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.  10 Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok said to him, “Since the contributions began to be brought into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat with plenty left over, for the Lord has blessed His people, and this great quantity is left over.”

20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah;  and he did what was good, right and true before the Lord his God.  21 Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.”   2 Chronicles Chapter 31:  Verses 1-10 and 20-21.

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We can try to do all kind of good, right, and true things for God.  But, it can be for naught if we do not first seek God.

We particularly notice verse 21 in today’s Scripture:  “Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.”

And, we remember some other recent verses.

We remember King Uzziah of Judah:  “… as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.”  2 Chronicles 26:5.

We remember that the LORD pardoned and healed the people who sought God even though they did not eat the Passover as prescribed.  “For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.”  So the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”  2 Chronicles 30:18-20.

Some doctrine emphasize the doing with all of the heart.

Other doctrine emphasize the motivation of prosperity.

But, Reformed Doctrine puts seeking God in the front and center.

Who is this God?  What does Scripture teach us about this God?

Some doctrine eagerly chase after the god that they want, the god who loves everybody, and the god who bows down to man’s free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks the God of Scripture Who reveals Himself as a God Who chooses His people and Who accomplishes all of His purpose.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

Deuteronomy 12:5
But you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come.

1 Chronicles 22:19
Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God;  arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.”

1 Chronicles 28:9
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind;  for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will let you find Him;  but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

2 Chronicles 11:16
Those from all the tribes of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the Lord God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to the Lord God of their fathers.

2 Chronicles 14:4
and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment.

2 Chronicles 15:12
They entered into the covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul;

2 Chronicles 19:3
But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God.

2 Chronicles 34:3
For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David;  and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images.

Ezra 4:2
they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ households, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God;  and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.

Ezra 6:21
The sons of Israel who returned from exile and all those who had separated themselves from the impurity of the nations of the land to join them, to seek the Lord God of Israel, ate the Passover.

Ezra 8:22
For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”

Psalm 63:1
O God, You are my God;  I shall seek You earnestly;  My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 

Psalm 69:32
The humble have seen it and are glad;  You who seek God, let your heart revive.

Psalm 70:4
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;  And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!

Jeremiah 50:4
“In those days and at that time,” declares the Lord, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well;  they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the Lord their God they will seek.

Daniel 9:3
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

Hosea 3:5
Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king;  and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Colossians 3:1
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

 

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