“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find HIM if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Old Testament is all about getting ready to enter the Promised Land with a new generation of Israelites. We all knew that unbelief caused the death of the former generation. They had doubted the promises of God instead of accepting the promises of God at its face value. Moses reaches into the past to remind the people of two undeniable facts in their history: (1) the moral judgment of God upon Israel’s unbelief, and (2) the deliverance of provision of God during times of obedience. Moses reminds the new generation of the importance of obedience if they are to learn from the sad example of their parents. Here, we can see that Moses prepares His people for the future by looking backward at blessings and chastening, by restating the fundamentals of faith and preparing them for tough times ahead.
Moses is telling the Israelites and of course to all of us today as we enter 2011, and the year of the “new seasons of blessings”- that in times of trouble, God is Available. It is very clear from our text that if we seek the Lord our God, we will find Him if we seek Him with all our hearts and with all of our souls. What a good news! Definitely in this troubled world, there is hope, and our prayers will be answered because God is alive! For me, this is the best news of all- better than announcing a cure for cancer and better than acquiring great possessions and positions. This news tells us something about God- that He is not only the creator; He cares: He is not only the Lord; He loves us and He is not only supreme; He sympathizes.
God is also available to sinners and backsliders. This text describes God’s character. During His earthly ministry Jesus demonstrated this availability to the beggars, lepers, to the thief on the cross and to the children to mention some. Indeed, Jesus Christ is available for you!
Lastly, God is available to those who seek Him with all their hearts. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me ‘with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:13). The Lord God is telling us that when we are in distress and all these troubles or tough times come upon us, when we turn to the Lord our God and obey His voice, He will not forsake us, nor destroy us, nor forget the covenant of our fathers which He swore to them, instead He will make himself available to us! All because the Lord our God is a merciful God! And truly His mercy endures forever! Matthew mentioned two promises for those who seek righteousness in chapter 5 and verse 6 he stated that, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”. First, they are blessed and then, they shall be filled.
Let us all be reminded that a seeking Savior meeting a seeking sinner brings salvation. This 2011, will you come to Jesus with all your heart? The Scriptures says in Romans chapter 9 verse 9 & 13 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believer in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For ‘whoever calls’ upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Those who come in faith are never turned away!