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“HE WILL LET YOU FIND HIM”
by Philip Owen

            Though many believers seem to acknowledge that God is omnipotent, they seem to be peculiarly squeamish about accepting His sovereignty.  God Himself is not of that mind.  For example, His Word repeatedly attests that He is the sovereign Creator of all things.  Additionally, though many today feel embarrassed at the thought of exercising judgment, God Himself unabashedly declared His sovereignty in bringing worldwide judgment:  “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish” (Gen. 6:17).  Furthermore, consider God’s statement regarding the absolute and exclusive nature of His deity:  “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God” (Isa. 45:5a; see also Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:21 et al.).  That He sovereignly chose the nation Israel to save and bless is inarguable.  And the Lord Jesus made a similar statement regarding His selection of disciples:  “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit” (John 15:16).  By direct declaration of God, by precept, and by example, the Scripture teaches the sovereignty of God at all times and in everything. And when it comes to the matter of salvation, God does not set aside His sovereignty.  As He chose Israel, so He chooses His Bride, the church.  God’s unchanging testimony is this:  “’I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’  So then [Paul continues] it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:14, 15).  We may see a clear illustration of this truth concerning God’s sovereignty in salvation in Second Chronicles. 

Asa ascended the throne of Judah following the death of his father, Abijah, and during one of the many times the nation was succumbing to idolatry.  We read that Asa “removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment” (14:3, 4).  With the aid of the Lord, Asa then defeated a strong Ethiopian army following which the Lord gave this promise:  “the Lord is with you when you are with Him.  And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him” (15:2).  The wording of that promise was not a scribal gloss, a misstatement, or even an exaggeration.  We can be particularly assured of this because it recurs two more times in the chapter:  “But in their distress they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him” (v. 4); “they . . . had sought Him earnestly, and He let them find Him” (v. 15).

Seek however they might, God makes it clear that Judah would not have found Him had He not chosen to reveal Himself to them.  As John observed, salvation “is not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). When Jonah declared that “salvation is from the Lord” (2:9), he was praising the complete sovereignty of God in salvation.  Paul states unequivocally that “there is none who seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11).  So if we discover that we have truly sought, it is because God has already drawn us.  And if we find Him, it is because God has deigned to reveal Himself to us, for He is infinitely gracious in His sovereignty.  Whether Old or New Testament, Israel or the church, God is sovereign in redemption, choosing whom He will.  Rejoice that He is also gracious.

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