Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 15-16, 17:1-7, 2 Chronicles 17:1-19
A couple of years ago I got a gift from my wife for Christmas, The America Patriot Almanac. It’s a way for me to a get a piece of American history every single day. Obviously there is so much we need to know but don’t know about our great country. One reason why I wanted this book was because of a statement shared on the first day of my Christian History class in college that has never left me:
When it comes to today’s reading God wanted His people to know their history. The good and the bad. 1 and 2 Chronicles were originally one book in the Hebrew Bible, and even though they are not in our Bible, they still compliment each other. The first book records the lack of blessing among God’s people because of their many sins. While the second book compels them to faithfulness through a history lesson of different leaders. 1 and 2 Chronicles is our history lesson on how to serve God by exploring how it was done right and how it was done wrong. Hopefully, never leaving us.
It starts with the heart…
Yesterday we read this:
1 Chronicles 15:2…“Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.”
Today we read this:
1 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
As we read our focus settles on “those who are FULLY committed to him”. It’s a heart issue.
The word FULLY does not mean that you have to be sinlessly perfect for God to do you good. The Old Testament shows God doing good to people who got themselves into terrible situations over and over again. The point of saying that our hearts need to be “FULLY committed” toward God is that we can’t be divided in our allegiance. God has to be our only God. We can’t look upon God with a divided heart and doubt Him and then look to another source for help. As we look FULLY to God He looks FULLY to us.
Can you imagine being a resident of Judah or Israel during this time? A nation divided? A people divided? A government divided? What it came down to was their HEARTS.
Here is exactly what God wants us to see, experience, and grasp:
He doesn’t want our heart to be divided. Because His love for us never will.
Our God is an unstoppable force that always wins. We just have to make sure we are helping our team move the ball in the right direction.
Today let’s pray that we will be FULLY COMMITTED – never forgetting where we came from, but focused on where we’re going…