Don’t Abandon God

1 Chronicle 28-9 1172010-plunge-2010-part-2-31-728This is a beautiful picture of a father teaching his son about God’s life principles. Men and women, fathers and mothers have a responsibility to teach younger generations these same principles, so that they may lead an honorable and productive life. David told Solomon to 1.) know God, 2.) have a good attitude about serving God, 3.) cast down imaginations, and 4.) pursue God. Notice, however, that there is also a strong warning issued as well. “Don’t forsake God”. We can learn from the children of Israel: 1.) After leaving Egypt, Israel forsook God and spent 40 years in the wilderness. 2.) Ezekiel was sent to Israel to warn them that punishment was coming because they were worshipping idol gods again. As a result, they spent additional years in captivity. To forsake God means trying to do things by yourself, without God’s All-knowing counsel. When one listens to the lies that Satan peddles, for example: “You can handle this yourself”; “You don’t need God” and makes the decision to go it alone, he too will have wilderness experiences or will be held captive by something or someone. Those are the times when nothing seems to work out and there seems to be no grace (favor). We must remember that God is still our very present help in the time of need. God promised never to leave nor forsake us. However, when He is forsaken, He must cast off sin. God does not hate the person who sins, He hates the sin. Unlike Israel of the Old Testament, the believer has a better covenant. Under grace, confession, forgiveness, and cleansing are available to us when we ask. Under grace, we have an advocate in Heaven, Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us to the Father.

Scripture References: Numbers 32:13; Ezekiel; Psalms 46:1; Hebrews 8:6; I John 1:9; I John 2:1

Prayer for today: Father, thank you for a better covenant. I have come to realize that it is not wise to try to do anything without your guidance. Please forgive me for trying. In JESUS name, AMEN.

Whatever you must do today, there is a grace for that. Accept the grace and make it a sweatless day.