Why do men need a word from God?, because we’re in the dark without it, because our bent toward self ends in death and the Almighty cares for those creatures in His household. The prophet Azaiah, Obed’s son came to King Asa and sounded the warning:
“Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and 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. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” (Vvs.1-2)
He then reminds them of their past where God was forsaken by their forefathers without a teaching priest and without the law (v.3), yet when in their distress Israel turned to the LORD God “they sought Him, and He let them find Him” (v.4)
Idolatry ever lurks in the land especially in the fertile soil of our souls that is bent toward death! To forsake the fountain of life for murky waters is what all people do without divine aid. To forsake the God of creation for idols was evident then as it is today. It’s nothing new.
But God has conditions for His inheritance to be in proper relationship with Him and it’s, “if you seek Him, He will let you find Him”. Note the relationship of choice between the Creator and the creature, “if you…He will let you.” But if one forsakes Him for another “god” (which is no god at all) He will also forsake them.
Here there’s an amazing interplay between God and man of “Hide and seek”. I think the reason this obtains is because God deals with our desires, “how much do we really desire Him?” An answer often given affirmatively is behind the soul’s curtain and the requisite work to find Him is exposed where we behold our real motives before God. We need to face the fact that we do what we want in order to attain the prize we believe will bring us happiness. Unfortunately when the object of said prize is not God, our end is misery but then it’s too late.
May I seek my joy in You LORD God today and not in some worthless idol that promises what it can’t deliver—true, lasting, joy. Teach me to love you and follow you more consistently.