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.” 2 Chronicles 15:2
Asa had become king of Judah and had led all the people back to God. He was staying very faithful to God. Azariah, under the influence of God’s Spirit, told Asa that God was with him as long as he remained with God. God would be found if He is sought out, but God would forsake them if He was forsaken.
People like to believe that God is always with them, and never leave them. There are some that look at the idea that God is everywhere, so God must be with them. Yet, the words of Azariah show something different. It shows that God can be with a person, but if He is not being sought out, He will not be found, nor will He be with that person. The requirement for God to remain with a person is that the person must be seeking Him.
God does not force Himself on a person. He allows each person to make a decision as to whether to follow Him or not. It is in God’s heart that every person would be willing to have a relationship with Him. That is the entire reason God sent His Son Jesus down to this earth to die on a cross–to have a relationship with each person.
Jesus said that He is standing at the door and knocking. He wants to enter into your life and spend time with you. Jesus is a gentleman who will not force His way into your life.
The good thing is that God will not be the first to leave the relationship with you. Jesus said He would be with you until the end of time. Even if you walk away from Him, He will still seek you out and try to draw you back. The difference is if you walk away from Him, you will no longer have His favor on your life.
Are you seeking God with all of your life?
Don’t leave Him, and He won’t leave you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not walk away from God; and that you will always seek out God.