“Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you” 1 Samuel 12:24 NKJV
Samuel is clear in what he is trying to convey to Israel and to me.
– Fear the Lord
– Serve the Lord in truth with your whole heart
– Consider what he has done for you
On the surface these are somewhat easy sounding things to do, but they can be difficult. My first reaction is to want to do things on my own apart from God.
The more I read the Bible and SOAP the scripture the more I’m finding passages like this one. I keep being amazed how direct Gods word is. It’s only when I slow down and consider the passage that I really see clearly. Consider what God has done. How often do I do that? Serve God with my whole heart? I serve God, but am I serving with joy and gratitude all the time? The daily discipline of thanking God for all he has done is something I want to incorporate into my life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I’m so sorry for not thanking you every day. Forgive me for not considering what you have done and continue to do. I praise you right now for your Word. Help me Lord to serve with my whole heart.
From the archives. Originally published April 4, 2009.