Read 1 Chronicles 20:4 through 22:19; John 5:19–47
As the volunteer children’s director at her church, Paula was up to her eyeballs with Vacation Bible School preparations. It was just a week away, and she still needed to buy craft supplies, meet with the music team, and recruit three group leaders. With everything to do, she had neglected time with God and her family. She figured the VBS was more important since it was God’s work.
“May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:12).
David was giving advice to his son, Solomon, regarding his task of building the temple of the Lord. Notice that David didn’t ask that the Lord give Solomon understanding about how to build the temple but about how to keep the Law of the Lord.
Focusing on obedience to God helps put everything else into perspective and gives us the right attitude needed to do God’s will. So when it comes to living for God, obedience comes first and everything else after that.
Challenge for Today: Take a day to concentrate on simply obeying God’s commands.
Quicklook: 1 Chronicles 22:6–16
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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