Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19
9 “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. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
I have heard many people talk about having an intimate relationship with God, notably Henry Blackaby, who frequently talks about having an “intimate love relationship” with Jesus. However, I don’t remember seeing the word “intimately” used in any Bible translations in this way. Until now – 1 Chronicles 28:9 in the New Living Translation speaks of knowing God intimately. In these verses David encouraged Solomon to seek God wholeheartedly, with the promise that if he does so, he will in fact find God.
I have seen this challenge repeatedly in reading the Bible this year. And so I am challenged to examine my life and find ways that I can seek God with my whole heart. I think it starts in small things – like returning the phone call to a friend reaching out for spiritual encouragement that I ignored yesterday. Time to get moving!