Pursuing or Sliding
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Hi, friends! So glad to have you joining today’s devotional! Last week we talked about Elisha, and this week we are going to skip ahead a little bit and jump in to 2 Chronicles. I hope you don’t mind! We are going to look at how we are either pursuing God or sliding father away from Him. Share some love in the comments below please, and I hope to see you back here next Wednesday! Lots of love to ya!

A wise person once told me Christians live 1 of 2 ways: We are either pursuing God or we are falling further away from Him.

Mark my words, when you aren’t pursuing God, you are ignoring Him and your relationship with Him is ultimately declining.

Thank goodness our God is a gracious God. All those trials we feel when we are sliding farther way from Him is Him pursing us, trying to get us to turn to Him for help! Even when we aren’t looking for Him, He is reaching out to us! Thank You, God!

The Scripture:

2 Chronicles 28:1-3 says, “Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.” Read the remainder of Chapter 28 for the entire story.

AHAZ WAS TWENTY YEARS OLD WHEN HE BEGAN TO REIGN, AND HE REIGNED SIXTEEN YEARS IN JERUSALEM. AND HE DID NOT DO WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, AS HIS FATHER DAVID HAD DONE, BUT HE WALKED IN THE WAYS OF THE KINGS OF ISRAEL. HE EVEN MADE METAL IMAGES FOR THE BAALS, AND HE MADE OFFERINGS IN THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM AND BURNED HIS SONS AS AN OFFERING, ACCORDING TO THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE NATIONS WHOM THE LORD DROVE OUT BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
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What It Tells Us About Pursuing or Sliding:

When we aren’t looking to God, we are most likely following the ways of the world. However, this quest typically comes at a big price. Furthermore, the world never gives back what it promises. Additionally, the world imprisons us with a monotonous merry-go-round, which seems impossible to get off of.

Abaz was the perfect example. It clearly states he was not following the Lord. Not only did it cost him many lives of his people in battles, but it says it cost him his son’s lives as he burned them as offerings. Umm…I’m not sure about you, but that is the most empty promise if I have ever heard! Burn your son, and the gods will be with you! No way! The world overtook his sanity in this case by lying to him and took some of his most precious possessions.

Despite ourselves and our shortcomings, God is a gracious God. He does not leave us alone and persistently chases us. He gives us His grace free of charge. He always provides what we need, and He provides a way off the impossible merry-go-round when we are pursuing Him.

If we do fall into sin, which we all will-innumerable times-we must turn to God, pursuing Him and asking for forgiveness, trying not to fall into the sin again.

Pursue God, and you won’t be sliding away from Him.

Our Prayer:

God, I pray I will constantly be pursuing You. When I am not, catch my attention to turn me back to You. Make my desire to continually be on You. Thank You for graciously loving me and always bringing me back to You. Remind me to seek repentance when I do turn away from You. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

So are you pursuing God or are you falling away from Him?

Pursuing or Sliding?
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