Friday, May 14, 2010

2 Chronicles 15:1-2

"And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
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."
2 Chronicles 15:1-2

I think that this is cool. It shows both how God can influence us to help others by inspiring us with his Spirit, and it describes the interactive relationship that we have with God quite well. To have God's Spirit in our lives, we have to live worthy of that inspiration. If we value our relationship with God and want to have him around, we aren't going to do things that offend the Spirit, and God will be there to help us... but if we reject the Spirit, or ignore what we are being prompted to do or not do, then we are choosing to give up that companionship with God. ... And this not to say that he will forsake us permanently... I think he'll be found if we sincerely choose to seek him again. Only that he forsakes us when we offend his Spirit and actively work at blocking him out. And then we get a chance to live life without God... which is unpleasant, if we've had the Spirit around helping us and now we don't. Like amputating your heart. ... Today, let's work on seeking the Lord, welcoming his Spirit into our lives, and not forsaking God. I think that having God not forsake us in return would be a big enough reward... but as additional bonus prizes, if we do this, we also get extra guidance, extra joy, and extra peace. :) Sounds like a great day. :)

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