DAY 2: A Sincere Commitment
Think about it: How many things are you truly committed to? For example, you may be committed to your marriage or children, but when it comes to most other things in life —whether it’s a home, car, gym membership, or some other commitment—there’s generally a lack of ongoing commitment. These commitments are short-term, and even then there’s almost always a way out.
But when king Asa asked the people of Judah to make a sincere commitment to God, they went all out. The Life Application Study Bible notes that their oath of allegiance was punctuated with shouts and trumpet blasts. Seemingly, the people wanted their commitment towards God to be known loud and clear, and they were giving everybody else permission to hold them accountable to following through.
This doesn’t mean the decision was easy. Even king Asa’s grandmother had taken opportunity to worship another god. The king had the idol removed and his grandmother was deposed from her position. His commitment to God was evident to everybody. As you read today, consider this: What are some things you are truly committed to?
READING & JOURNALING:
What are some things you are truly committed to?
Which of your commitments are life-giving for you? Which of these commitments are life-draining?
Are there any life-draining commitments you could remove from your life and/or family calendar?
Have you considered giving up what may be a good commitment for an even better one?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 50 & Exodus 1
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I realize today that there are some things I’m committed to that are life-giving, and others that are life-draining. Those that are life-draining are not leading me closer to you, or may not be helping me better love people well. Help me to only make commitments that help me to know and love You and others well. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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