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Seeking God when Life is Barren

Seeking God when Life is Barren

Deuteronomy 4:25-31

“Seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him”

Deuteronomy is Moses’ final message to the people of Israel before he passes the leadership baton to Joshua and then rides off into the sunset. The message he gave was proclaimed on the east side of the Jordan River just before the Israelites were about to cross over and take possession of the land promised to Abraham. He delivers his message that day to the 2nd generation of those who come out of the land of Egypt. Because of their disobedience the 1st generation, all those over 20 years of age who had come out of Egypt, had died in the wilderness wandering. So, on this day, Moses reaffirms the covenant God had made with the nation at Mt. Sinai.

But even as he reaffirms the covenant with the new generation, he also gives a solemn warning that their future will not always be rosy. Moses understood the human sin nature. Even though spirits were high and people affirming their loyalty to God, he knows that people are fickle and that they, like their fathers, will also rebel against God. It will not be long before they adapt to the culture and religious practices of their surroundings (vs 25). As a result, just as their fathers and mothers experience God’s discipline, so also will God again discipline the people of Israel. Instead of enjoying all the blessings God has promised, they will face the certainty of his judgment and will be scattered in foreign countries. His words would quickly be realized during the time of the judges when Israel would go through a series of cycles of prosperity, idolatry, judgment, conquest, repentance, and then deliverance

However, even as he warns them of their future failure and judgment, he gives them an incredible promise of hope. Even after they have rebelled, if they seek God, he promises them that God will restore them, for he is a compassionate God. The picture of God’s compassion is one of a father who looks intently and lovingly upon his children and so God will continually shows mercy and grace even when they rebel against him. Instead of destroying them, he will stay true to his promises even as they have proven to be unfaithful.

It is in these times of spiritual and emotional emptiness, we find the fresh hope of God’s promises. If we are willing to renew our search for him, he will reveal himself to us. But this search must involve complete surrender to him. To search him with your heart and soul implies that he becomes the focus of our longing. The word “return” in verse 30 is also translated to repent, to turn away from the pursuit of our will, and surrender to his. If your life seems filled with distress and despair and God seems absent and heaven silent, there is hope and that hope is found in seeking him with our whole heart. Today ask God to reveal himself to you in a fresh and new way and then seek for him in the pages of Scripture and you will find that he will reveal himself to you.

It is in these times of spiritual and emotional emptiness, we find the fresh hope of God’s promises. If we are willing to renew our search for him, he will reveal himself to us. But this search must involve complete surrender to him. To search him with your heart and soul implies that he becomes the focus of our longing. The word “return” in verse 30 is also translated to repent, to turn away from the pursuit of our will and surrender to his. If your life seems filled with distress and despair and God seems absent and heaven silent, there is hope and that hope is found in seeking him with our whole heart. Today ask God to reveal himself to you in a fresh and new way and then seek for him in the pages of Scripture and you will find that he will reveal himself to you.

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