Turning Made the Difference

Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.  But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

II Chronicles 15:3-4

I love the contrast provided by these two verses.  And I think we can see the same contrast in our own lives sometimes. 

Verse three is a very sad verse.  The nation of Israel had been “without the true God” for a “long season”.  Can you imagine even spending a day “without God”?  They had also been without a “teaching priest” and without “law”.  I’m not a Bible scholar by any means, but I think I could safely apply those things to “pastors and teachers” for the the “teaching priests” and the Bible for “law”.  In our terms, the people of Israel had been without God, without a pastor to guide them and without the Bible.  Can you even begin to imagine?

They were not without these things because of some random glitch in God’s system.  They were without these things because they didn’t want them.  God had been clear with His people that if they would follow Him, He would be with them and bless them beyond measure.  But they had rejected Him. 

Then we get to verse four.  They found themselves in trouble (just like we do when we reject God, God’s men and God’s Word) and they “turned unto the Lord God… and sought him”.  Just like the Prodigal son, they had enough of their own way and turned to the Lord.  And guess what?  He was found of them.  

What a great encouragement!  They rejected Him.  They turned from Him.  They brought problems and troubles on themselves.  And yet when they turned to the Lord and sought Him, He was right there.  Sometimes we may think that the Lord has abandoned us because we can’t see Him.  But usually we are pointed the wrong direction and just need to turn around.  And when we turn around; turning away from our own way, He is right there.  What a wonderful thought!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I love that thought too! It carries with it the fact that He is with us always, He never leaves us . . .we just leave Him. I pray to stay turned around and looking at Him forever! Thank you Ben! deb


  2. Ben, I don’t have to imagine being without God, I only need to remember. But I am thankful that He never left me and called me back to Himself. I am filled with joy that He is found in me. Peace, Linda


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