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Get To Know God

Get To Know God

16 May 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 1; 1 Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1 Thessalonians 5

Scripture:

8 “And now, in this public place, all Israel looking on and God listening in, as God’s people, obey and study every last one of the commandments of your God so that you can make the most of living in this good land and pass it on intact to your children, insuring a good future. 9 “And you, Solomon my son, get to know well your father’s God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive. If you seek him, he’ll make sure you find him, but if you abandon him, he’ll leave you for good. 10 Look sharp now! God has chosen you to build his holy house. Be brave, determined! And do it!” (1 Chronicles 28:8-10 MSG)

In his final address to the nation he had led for forty years, the nation he had shepherded from a collection of oppressed tribes to a unified nation living at peace within secure borders, David had two important instructions to pass on to the next king and the next generation.

First, he reminded them to know and obey the helpful commandments God had given them through Moses as he brought them out of slavery and ushered them into the good land. David said, “If you want to make the most of living in this good land and if you want to be able to pass it on intact to your children, learn and live God’s way!”

Then, to his son Solomon and to all the leaders, David said, “Get to know God for yourself. Know his heart toward you and understand that he cares about your heart motives, not just your religious practices. Know that he always acts toward you from a heart of love. Know that he desires relationship and not just religious practice. Seek him with your whole heart and you’ll find him active in your whole life.”

This is still good advice for today. 1) Learn God’s ways – his commandments, his instructions – and develop practical ways to live in peaceful and harmonious relationship with others. 2) Get to know God for yourself. Seek him. Don’t settle for a rule book, actively pursue a living, loving relationship.

Prayer:

Father, I’ve learned that it’s often easier to settle for a rule book than to seek your Spirit’s guidance in how to live and apply your Word to life. And it’s way too often easier to settle for religious rules than to seek the motive-revealing relationship you offer. I re-commit myself to seek and not settle! Thanks for your patient love. Amen.

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