Tuesday, June 23
29 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. 30 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. 31 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.
In this chapter, the Lord speaks to his people, commanding them to follow his commandments that they may live long in the land that God has given them. If they become corrupt, if they put their faith in idols, they will be scattered to the far reaches of the earth. But if they seek the Lord, they will find him, if they seek God with all their heart and soul. Why? Because no matter what you have done, no matter how far you have strayed, if you turn and seek God, God will forgive.
What I see here is the amazing, abundant, never-failing love of our God. God sorrows over our sins. God is righteous, so God has to say that there will be judgment for wrongdoing. But God is waiting, even impatiently, for a person to turn away from their past pattern of worshipping wrong things, and seek the Lord instead. How happy is the Lord, when we seek him with all our hearts, for when we do, God will be there.
May we hold onto this promise from God, that the Lord will never abandon us or irrevocably turn us away from his presence or forget how much he loves us. For God has a history with us from the very dawn of creation, confirmed through Abraham and others, and brought to a culmination in Jesus Christ. God always and forever wants us as his own.
How blessed we are, O Lord, to think that you will always forgive if we come to you. You will show your face when we seek you with our whole heart. You will always love us because that’s who you are. Thank you for the amazing truth of your mercy and kindness. What you require you provide. We are forgiven and brought near through the grace of our savior, Jesus Christ. May we give you all honor and praise in him. Amen.