1 Chronicles 28:9-10“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. Look sharp now! God has chosen you to build his holy house. Be brave, determined! And do it!”
Five Minute Friday post on “Determine.”
There were 51 occurences of the word “determine” in the Message version of the Bible. There were stories from the Old and New Testaments. I found this one to stick out before I even got to the New Testament verses. Usually I get bored or jaded by the Old Testament verses…I know I should not, but I do. I have also learned that you should not use the words “should not” to oneself!
The verse above caught my attention because I have studied Solomon in the past, and his name is familiar to me. However, this verse stood out as if reading it for the first time! Solomon, “know your Father well, serve Him, eagerly, and if you seek Him, you’ll find Him! If you leave Him, He’ll leave you for good.” (I disagree with this final statement since God is ever gracefilled and would never abandon us, but perhaps these specific words were ones that Solomon needed to hear.) The verse goes on to say “BE BRAVE…DETERMINED! And DO IT!”
Am I being brave? Determined? Doing the things this verse says (serving God with my whole heart and an eager mind, seeking Him, building His house)?
I like to think that I am by simple acts of reading scripture, keeping devotionals in my inbox until I read them, loving others, and writing in this space for Him. My prayers go to Him, not to the empty air. I love him.
And, He loves me…and YOU!
Cheers to the weekend friends! I’m prayerful that our family will be embarking on a cruise later today. God willing, and the COVID tests all come back negative at the port! Hope we find God today in our own quiet or noisy place!