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KNOW AND SERVE GOD

Date: February 17

Category: Follow God

1 Chronicles 28:7-10
"I will establish his kingdom forever if he loyally and continuously obeys My commandments and My ordinances, as he does today. Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, keep and seek [to be familiar with] all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever. And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThere are some significant things that we need to notice in these Scriptures. God has promised that He was going to establish the kingdom of Solomon forever. He promised that He was going to prosper him. But God says to David, the father of Solomon, "keep and seek [to be familiar with] all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land…" [1 Chronicles 28:8b]. Do you want possessions? Then keep, seek and be familiar with the commandments of the Lord. Do you want God to fulfill His promises in your life? Well it won't happen unless you keep, seek and be familiar with His commandments. Then it says, "And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind" [1 Chronicles 28:9].

So there are two things to remember in order for God to fulfill His promises in your life. First, you've got to know God. That's why we need to read the Scriptures. There is no way we can be familiar with God without reading the Word of God. Secondly, you need to be acquainted with Him, understand Him, and serve Him. We need to do what is pleasing to God in order that He can fulfill His promises in our lives.

God gives you desires of what you want to do in life. But how you do it determines whether or not you're in the will of God. Let's say, for example, you want to be a minister. If that's your desire, then great! Go be a minister. But the kind of minister you are will show if you're in the will of God or not. If you want to be a builder, that's good too. Go be a builder. But how you are as a builder will show where you are in the will of God. Let's say you want to be a pilot, for example. How you are as a pilot will show if you are serving the Lord or not.

That's how we discover the will of God in our lives –whether or not we do what we do the way God wants it done. The will of God is not so much shown in what we do. What we do is really our choice. But the Bible says that we are to know God and serve Him. So whatever you decide to do, make sure that with that choice, you serve and honor God.

It also says here that if you "seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him." But this word also says, "if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!" [1 Chronicles 28:9b]. God has promised that He will bless and prosper you, but you and I have to do what we need to do in order to receive that blessing. In this case, Solomon didn't. He abandoned God in his later years and began worshipping other gods. Because Solomon forsook God, God was not bound by His promises anymore. In fact, God cut him off because of that. If God promises you something and you don't do what is required to receive that promise, then God is not required to give you what He promised.

The same principle applies in marriages. If I commit to being faithful to my wife and she's not faithful to me, then I am not obligated to my commitment. I can divorce her. It's the same thing with your children. If you promise your children something, but your children don't keep their requirements in order to receive that promise, then you're not obliged to fulfill your promise. So God promises us many good things, and they're all ours to receive under the condition that you and I obey Him and not forsake Him.

But it doesn't stop there. Verse 10 says, "Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it!" The Lord has chosen you to belong to Him and be His servants. So, be strong and do your best at the work that God has for you to do. We have to do all that's required to succeed. If we don't do what is required, then we won't receive the outcome we want. Whatever we sow is what we will reap. If we don't sow good seed, we will not reap a good harvest. But if we sow good seeds, then we will reap a good harvest [Galatians 6:7]. So if you don't like the fruit in your life, if you don't like what you have reaped, then start examining the seeds that you have sown and start sowing better seeds. Start doing things that will bring you good results.

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