David’s charge to Solomon spoke to me today. It serves as a reminder:
And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work. (1Chronicles 28:9-10 ESV)
Too many of us try to hold God to his promises without our doing the work. Maybe we should emphasize the knowing God intimately, the worship and serving God with our whole hearts and our willing minds, if not instead of, at least in conjunction with his wonderful promises to his obedient children.
God clearly tells us IF we seek him we will find him. IF we forsake him, he will reject us.
So take this seriously.
I figure knowing God personally comes through including him in all my thoughts, intentions and actions. “Pray without ceasing.” Takes time and practice. “Come unto me and rest.”
You are exactly right, Arnold. Knowing God personally is an intentional act of surrender, day by day, minute by minute. And knowing God is truly worth it!