Of course there are plenty of things to love about kids, but one of the more frustrating things for me is when a student or my son comes to me asking for help finding something, when they haven’t made an honest effort first on their own. For example, a student who has a missing assignment on the grade book, who will then come to me saying that they know for sure they turned the assignment in, only to find out it was in their folder the entire time, ungraded, meaning it never was actually turned in. Or when my son says that he can’t find a certain toy that he wants to play with, only to walk into the room, and without too much effort find it for him.
This Chronicles passage reminds me of how we sometimes say that we are searching for God in our lives, but maybe aren’t making an honest effort to seek Him. Of course, in this passage, the people of Judah did more than just not really look too hard for God, but they replaced His presence with idols of all sorts. But at the same time, don’t we also replace God in our lives with idols of sorts. Maybe not golden calfs, but maybe instead, it is the TV, or our landscaping, or shopping, or sports, our electronic devices, and the list can go on for miles I am sure.
The prophecy from Azariah is very straightforward and easy to comprehend. In verse 2, we hear this: “The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” And how did Asa respond? By immediately removing all idols from Judah and making sacrifices to the Lord to earn back His favor. How will we respond? What sacrifices are we going to make for God? Let us seek God each day, and because He is always faithful and just, He will seek us in return.