1 Chronicles 29:9-10 Amplified Version
9 And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever! 10 Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it!
It is snowing this morning and for some very odd reason we have our window open. That odd reason is my husband, but we won’t go there. Anyway, you could hear the cars at 5:30 this morning headed down the road. The traffic was getting in the way of my concentration (otherwise known as sleep). It’s Wednesday morning and we are headed towards the day coffee in hand (can I get an Amen) and moving full throttle. Our lives thus far have been filled with what to wear, should I go thru Starbucks on my way to work, are the kids going to behave at school, did homework get done, is my boss going to be in a good mood…I’m exhausted just writing these questions down. All this begs the question: What is your first and vital necessity in life? Yes we have responsibilities, yes we have to work, but what is your FIRST and vital necessity of life?
I have said it a million times and will continue to spread the word that we are so busy with life we have forgotten the creator of it! We have been busy enough that we have fashioned and formed Church into what fits for us. We have (over the years) turned Church into a social gathering, picking projects here and there, but mostly we just fill the pews on Sunday morning and worry about what is coming up Monday morning when we start the insanity all over again. How did we get this far without Him? Even I struggle with making Him my first and vital necessity, but oh how I want to know more. I am struck with the desire to drown in His words, to play in the waters of His wisdom and to soak in the rays of His glory! I want to know more, but mostly…I want to start doing more.
The last part of the scripture reading really gets me. ‘Be strong and do it’! Don’t we always just have an excuse? We find ways to not move forward with helping in a project or starting something new for His purpose because we are just too tired, too tapped out and too needy for fulfillment before we go and do the something else. I keep thinking of that song from Steven Curtis Chapman “There is more to this life, than living and dying, more than just trying to make it through the day…” When we are obedient to His calling he promises to bless us with joy and from joy comes energy…and the positive cycle of His desire for our lives begins. When did we ever come up with the idea that life is all about us? We were created to worship Him, to live for Him, to be strong and do the thing! Take it to the next level. Believe that He has promised joy and blessing when we move past that block in our mind that we are too busy.
…your first and vital necessity…Take a mental inventory of your ‘plans’ throughout each day and figure out how to fit Him in. His ways are more than just a topic of conversation, a sermon on Sunday morning…it’s a way of life. More than the air you breath…seek Him. Ask Him for the direction, for the desire…I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Father we want you as the be all end all of our days! As in all things, we just need your direction and calling on where you want us. Show us how to seek You more. Increase our desire for You daily; strengthen our resolve to never walk out of the house in the morning without having had our cup overflow with You first.