Conditional Blessings

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. Azariah

The account of King Asa is an amazing part of Israel's history. Asa was the great-great grandson of King David. At the outset of his rule, God sent His prophet Azariah to relate the above message and for 35 years, Asa enjoyed many blessings from God. But then, a funny thing happened: Asa got to thinking that he was a great king as a result of his own doing, so he decided he would do things his way... and God left him.

Before leaving Asa, God sent another prophet - Hanani - to relate this message: "The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him". But Asa did not pay any attention to God's words - after all, he was the king. So Asa suffered and then he died.

This seems to be a harsh lesson, but it is one that we all need from time to time. We correctly understand that God's love is unconditional, but we often then draw the incorrect conclusion that His blessings are unconditional... so we suffer. And sometimes, people die with that false understanding. Why do we do that?

I cannot speak for anyone else, but I know why I do that - it's because I think that I am the ruler of my own life. We like to be in charge and we like to do what we want to do when we want to do it. Then, when trouble arises, we think that God has abandoned us. But the fact is that God is always with us, when we are with Him. It was true 3,000 years ago during Asa's days, and it is true for us today.

God will never leave us, unless we leave Him. Understanding this will spare us from a lifetime of pain. And, understanding that God is literally searching for those whose hearts are committed to Him will give us the confidence we need to meet all of life's challenges. God's blessings are not unconditional, but they are always available. They are available to anyone wise enough to resist the urge of attempting to sit on the throne that belongs to God and His Son. Who reigns in your life? The correct answer to that question will open the floodgates of blessings for you and your loved ones.  

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad... Psalms 97:1, NIV