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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May
16

The Charge

Wayne Cordeiro

Scripture
"So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever." (1 Chronicles 28:4-8)
Observation
A final charge .... It arrives with a great hope, but it also comes with a big hook. You see, it was a charge, not a guarantee.

A charge may be more like a covenant than it is a promise. It has both sides coming together in an agreement. And a big differentiation is this: The charge is not toothless. It can have a bite if violated.

Read these words that conclude the charge...

"If you forsake him, he will reject you forever."

When you have this kind of teeth, you've got a pretty big bite!

Now, God is an astonishingly good God. We often, however, only see the positive side, and we neglect to see the side of our responsibility. We tend to forsake Him, we sin, reject Him, and live selfishly. Then when the walls fall in, we look surprised and wonder why such a good God would allow this kind of horrific thing!

This same charge that was given to Solomon is given to each of us. It is filled with promise and hope, but it has a hook.

His blessings will be predicated on my obedience. His promises are determined by my willingness, on my wholehearted devotion, on my being careful to follow all of His commandments.

THEN .... we will possess the good land and pass it on as an inheritance.

THEN ... when we seek Him, He will be found by us.
Application
So I must check my bearings and motives. It cannot be a faith that is programmed to get.

No, today, I will find my greatest joy, not in what I can get, but rather in serving and obeying. I must see "obedience" not as an avenue to "get." If I do, then serving the Lord will become a temporary pain in order to gain a more self-serving benefit. I will begin to develop a mentality that sees serving God as a duty or a penalty that I must endure in order to get Him to give me better luck .

More promotion. More money. More notoriety. More of ... more.

I will allow God to bless as He wills.

And my will? To enjoy to the fullest, my relationship with Him. Today, I will revel in living each moment in a way that will delight the heart of my Father. When I do that, the hook doesn't bother me, His charge becomes a joy, and His bite?

It becomes a divine smile.
Prayer
Dear Father, thank you for your charge. I accept it and now move toward delighting Your heart on a daily basis. Thank you for the beauty of your offer ... the promises of your blessings. But more so, for the opportunity to be a servant of the Most High God. That alone is such an honor that I cannot think of a higher calling where I find my identity. In you, and in you alone.

Devotions for May 16

1 Kings 1
1 Chronicles 28
Psalms 91
1 Thessalonians 5

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