Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 14, 2011
“At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.” Abraham said, “I swear it.” Genesis 21:22-24
In a society of self-preservation loyalty is lacking. The old fashion sentiment that we will stick together through trying times loses its luster with the disloyal. However, for those who value the giving and receiving of loyalty—you are a friend for a lifetime. There is relational honor when you realize that God has ordered this divine engagement.
We value loyalty because the Lord values loyalty. Our relationship with Jesus doesn’t become expedient when externals become threatening. In situations where we need Him the most is not the time to flee from His presence out of fear. Indeed, fearful circumstances are the times when we ratchet up our righteous fear of God. He desires and deserves our loyalty.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
If the Lord is ever loyal to His children, how can I ever consider marginalizing my Master, Jesus Christ? Unconditional loyalty to the Lord means, when confused—we remain loyal in prayer. When fearful—we remain loyal by faith. When hurt—we remain loyal by forgiving. When wanting to be served—we remain loyal in selfless service.
Furthermore, it is out of your loyalty to the Lord that flows your loyalty to your spouse, your children, and your friends and colleagues at work. Loyalty does not mean you give them everything they want, but it does mean you are faithful in your commitments to their causes and you are available to listen to their concerns. Loyalty looks out for others.
It is a gift you give your family when you pledge allegiance to protect them from outside forces that threaten their sense of security. Out of loyalty you look for ways to facilitate spiritual growth in the home, manage finances frugally and be there to help when they are faced with fragile feelings. Loyalty is on the look out for opportunities to assist.
You can only give up on others when your heavenly Father gives up on them. Thus, pray for yourself and for your family and friends to remain loyal to the Lord. Those who defect to the enemy forget the goodness of God’s grace. How valuable is the relational equity you have with the Lord and with others? Cherish it, honor it and remain loyal to both.
“LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you” (1 Chronicles 29:18).
How can I intentionally express my loyalty to the Lord and to those loyal to me?
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