The One on Whom All Finding Depends

2 Chronicles 15:2 (NASB):

Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

This is both a gracious warning and a gracious promise. The verb “will let you find” here is passive, meaning that the author chose to put the emphasis here on God’s merciful promise and work of grace. He is ultimately the one on whom all finding depends, and this is why the verb here is passive and depends on Him as the subject.

Some might say, “But it says those who seek Him are the only ones who find Him, so how are they not the ones on whom the finding depends?”  But a close look at the grammar of the verse shows that the seeking is the condition of God’s grace, but it is not the ultimate determination.  God is.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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