Once again I wanted to post instead of catching up on my bible reading, and once again I had nothing to say, and once again I came across my “what” to say only after reading through the Word of God. Maybe eventually I will figure it out… go to the Bible first.
This time I was reading through 1 Kings and Solomon was dedicating the temple that he built for God. He was saying all kinds of prayers and making these ginormous sacrifices. Anyway, near the beginning of his prayers he said…
“O Lord , God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.
1 Kings 8:23
I just love the reminders! One, that God will keep His covenant with me. I didn’t really go into this with the idea that we were making a “deal” so much because that implies that I give Him something and in turn He gives me something. I think it has ultimately worked out that way, but it wasn’t originally like that. I just covenanted to Him that I would follow these guidelines out of devotion to Him. I knew that doing so would change my heart… that He would change my heart. And He has. Even though I did not ask for it in return, He has used this covenant to change my heart, my soul, my mind, my habits.
But I also like the second part of the verse: that He will “show unfailing love to all who walk before [Him] in wholehearted devotion“.
A) I am just given immediate peace at the words “unfailing love”.
B) It’s so cool that the unfailing love is not gained by meeting some standard. It’s not “to all who meet every sacrifice requirement” or “to all who never break one of the ten commandments.” It’s just someone who lives in wholehearted devotion to Him.
Perfection isn’t required. Just devotion.
And I’m at a point where I want to follow Him with wholehearted devotion. And I’m already receiving the unfailing love.
So, it’s day 85 and God has been with me every step of the way so far. And He will continue to keep that covenant with me the rest of the 273 days. And hopefully I can follow Him with wholehearted devotion at least most of that time. Hehe!