The Lord said to me, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands. . . I commanded you at that time: “The Lord your God has given you this land. [Go] and after [winning the battle], each of you may go back to the possession I have given you. . . [Just] as the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going. Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you (see 3:2, 18-22).”
God is going to give His people the victory He promised. While He will give them what He promised, they have to be willing to follow Him. God is sovereign and does not owe humanity anything, yet He has willfully come and saved us through our Savior Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sins and raised from the dead to give us new life!
We cannot allow fear to stop us from seeking out the promises of God and abundant life. We need to seek the Lord and give Him our best by becoming “doers of the Word” like James teaches.
We need to not just hear God’s Word, but internalize, learn from, and apply it to our daily lives.
Take to Heart –
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them (4:9)
We are taught the importance of watching ourselves closely. Today, we need a passion for God and His Word. We need to passionately tell of God’s goodness, mercy, justice, and eternal Good News.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath (4:29-31).
Even when we fall away and turn our backs on God, there is still an opportunity to return to Him – as long as there is breath in our lungs, we have that choice. Don’t delay, let’s resolve to choose and turn to Jesus Christ – today! Let’s seek after Him right now at this very moment, as we pray and turn to Him with the Holy Spirit’s marvelous help.
God doesn’t want us to half-heartedly seek Him, but to wholly seek after Him. And He gives us the ability to seek Him, so we can pray for His help. As we seek Him, He will continue to show Himself to us. Remember and take to heart: God will never abandon you, so keep following our Lord Jesus Christ.
Featured image by Gianna Trewavas.