Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 8-9; Acts 8:1-25
"Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day's need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time." (1 Kings 8:56-61 NIV).
After the temple is complete, Solomon prays over the temple, and over the people before him. It’s a beautiful prayer, reminding the Israelites how faithful God has been to all of them through good times and bad. He had seen them through trials and adversities of all kinds, so it was only fitting that they now stay true to Him, not only in their words in actions, but in their very heart as well. By staying true to God, the entire world will see the truth about Him.
What bold words, and how true they are even to this day. The best way to witness to the world around us is to have our hearts right with God. I firmly believe that when our hearts are focused on Christ, everything else will slowly fall into place. We may not know the answers to life’s questions, but we can certainly follow our Lord wholeheartedly, and let Him take care of the pieces.
Where is your heart today? Is it focused on God?