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Summary: No matter how far we have strayed from the Lord, seeking the Lord with our whole heart will bring forgiveness, spiritual satisfaction and peace.

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The Satisfaction Of Seeking The Lord

Text: Hosea 10: 12; II Chron.15: 1-2, 12

Intro: While there are some things in our world that happen by coincidence, most are accomplished by conception and choice. Whether it is the development of a gargantuan shopping mall or sending a spacecraft to Pluto, someone had to conceive of its feasibility and make the choice to begin the project.

Seeking God is not concerned with the scientific realm of life, but with the spiritual. Yet, it still involves the elements of conception and choice. Some Christians can’t conceive of the idea of being truly close to God because Satan has convinced them that it is impossible. They have believed Satan’s lie that they are too bad—too unworthy to be really close to God.

Asa became king over Judah at a time when his people were extremely estranged from God. They were involved in idol worship, with all of its vileness and debauchery. Yet, Asa had a heart after God, and he used his influence as king to turn Judah around, spiritually. As a matter of fact, somewhat of a spiritual awakening took place during Asa’s reign.

Though the transformation was not fully completed before Asa’s death, his choice to seek God brought some very satisfying results. Notice how the Lord used King Asa, and helped him realize the satisfaction of seeking the Lord.

Theme: The satisfaction of seeking the Lord was realized by:

I. THE CHALLENGE TO SEEK THE LORD

II Chron.15: 1 “And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

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7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”

NOTE: [1] Asa and Judah had just returned from doing battle with the Ethiopians. Because Asa had already begun to seek the Lord and make reforms in Judah, God gave them an overwhelming victory. It is after this great victory that Azariah comes out to meet the king, and challenges he and his people to keep seeking the Lord. My, how we need to accept that challenge today. The devil wants us to believe that it’s impossible. But as someone has said: “The task ahead of you is never greater than the power behind you” (Source Unknown).

[2] Azariah was not only challenging Asa and the people of Judah to continue seeking the Lord, but also assuring them that God would be “found” of them (v. 2c). The rule of thumb found in the Bible is that when people truly repent, God responds. This was the gist of God’s message to the captive Jews in Babylon.

Jer.29: 12 “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will harken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14a And I will be found of you, saith the Lord…”

A. Rebellion Had Brought Punishment.

II Chron.15: 3 “Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.


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