Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 6, 2016
Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today. 2 Chronicles 6:14-15
I recently served and shared with a group of friends at a Souly Business men’s conference north of Ottawa, Canada. The Christian camp was spectacular—surrounded by lakes, trees and the rolling countryside, but what captured my heart was the genuine and wholehearted devotion of the men of Ottawa. These men of God burned with a loving and obedient heart for Jesus. As evidence, during the 48 hours together: families were healed, souls were saved, forgiveness went viral and courage was instilled by the Lord’s love and by a community of eager disciples.
Solomon prayed gratefully and boldly as a result of the covenant of love the Lord had made with his father David. In humility he sought the Lord, and as a servant thanked Him for keeping His promise to his father and servant David—everyone praised God and celebrated the fulfillment of the Temple’s completion. Because Solomon continued his dad’s legacy of wholehearted devotion to the Almighty—God blessed his efforts. The Lord’s covenant of love is a two way response—His covenant is certain, but it is conditional on His people’s obedience. Love requires devotion.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
How do you express your wholehearted devotion to the Lord? Your joyful obedience in the little things in life, qualify you to be trusted with life’s larger opportunities. For example, your follow through on the introduction of two mutual friends who could benefit from meeting each other is a test in keeping your word. Completing a report deadline or arriving early to a meeting are tests in valuing another person’s time. You can be sure your devotion to Jesus is wholehearted, when you treat others like Jesus: respectful, kind, gentle, truthful, hopeful, patient and loving.
Perhaps there is a project God has laid on your heart to support with your time and money. When you started the endeavor there was excitement and energy—now the new has worn off, people have dropped off. You feel added pressure to complete what was started, but have less support. Step up where others have stepped away and the Holy Spirit will multiply your resources beyond your limited capacity. Your one sentence job description is to remain faithful and trust the Lord with the results. God’s word is a proven promise keeper—He will fulfill it with His mighty hand!
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David” (Isaiah 55:1-3).
PrayerHeavenly Father, grow my whole hearted devotion to You, I trust Your covenant of love.
ApplicationWhat project do I need to see through to completion as evidence of my commitment to Christ?
Related ReadingJeremiah 23:5-6; Luke 1:31-33; Romans 1:3; Acts 13:34; Revelation 22:16
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