Harold Weaver | April 5, 2011

In 2 Chronicles 14:2, we read that Asa did good and right in the sight of the LORD his God. When he became king, he instituted several reforms to remove foreign gods and foreign religious practices from the land, even removing his mother from being the queen mother because of her idolatrous practices. During his reign, Zerah the Ethiopian came out against Judah/Benjamin with an army of a million men and 300 chariots. When Asa saw that his army was greatly outnumbered, he called on the LORD for help. Then the LORD gave Judah/Benjamin a great victory.

Then reading from 2 Chronicles 15:1-2; 1Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2and 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.

This message to Asa and Judah/Benjamin is so fundamental throughout the Bible record. On many occasions, I hear people asking that the LORD be with them especially in the time of crisis. But to me, a more fundamental question arises and that is “are they with the LORD?” Are they in fact seeking the LORD in their way of life or only on special occasions? Some individuals are falling away or have fallen away from serving the LORD because of failing faith, or hurt feelings, or they say they don’t get anything from the Bible classes or Worship, or etc. But when death is at their door, those reasons will become meaningless. Most certainly, we want the LORD to be with us then, so we must be with Him and seeking Him now!