I remember 2 Chronicles 7:14 so well – it’s been drilled into my life through so many different kinds of prayer meetings. What a surprise to find the same message in Haggai this morning. When God is not a priority – it matters to Him! I find myself meditating on His challenge.
Think about what I have said! – Haggai 1:7 CEV
While I might have been challenged this morning, it matters nothing unless I heed it. What I love about God is that His grace was extended to me like He allows does.
The Lord’s answer was kind and comforting. – Zechariah 1:13 CEV
So what does that mean in my life today. What can I expect? Turning to the Lord, making Him my priority, gives me amazing blessings – love, protection, safety, kindness.
I worship at your holy temple and praise you for your love and your faithfulness. You were true to your word and made yourself more famous than ever before. Though you are above us all, and you keep a close watch on everyone who is proud. I am surrounded by trouble, but you protect me against my angry enemies. With your own powerful arm you keep me safe. You, Lord, will always treat me with kindness. Your love never fails. You have made us what we are. Don’t give up on us now! – Psalm 138: 2, 6-8 CEV
Quite a journey this morning – repentance, Lord responds with grace, embraces me with blessings – how do I respond to that kind of cherishing? A different kind of challenge ends my morning devotion. God has called me to love Him, to have close friends who do the same, love others and in all of this, I cannot even give a small room in my heart to love the world.
We truly love God only when we obey him as we should, and then we know that we belong to him. My dear friends, I am not writing to give you a new commandment. It is the same one that you were first given, and it is the message you heard. But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them. Don’t love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. – 1 John 2:5,7,10,15
Lord, this morning You are speaking right into my heart. As much as You have challenged me, You have made me come alive as I realize that I feel so connected with You. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me the courage to be the follower of You that You have called me to be. I do not want to live the life of a bored Christian. May those I connect with see the passion in my life that You have put there. Thank you for challenging me to make You a priority. Amen
From the archives. Originally published November 21, 2018.