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First Things First
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Ted Cruz
March 19, 2013
First Things First
by David H. Roper
Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. â€"1 Chronicles 28:9
Read: 1 Chronicles 28:5-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 And of all my sons, for the Lord has given me many sons, He has chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.
6 And He said to me, Solomon your son shall build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father.
7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he loyally and continuously obeys My commandments and My ordinances, as he does today.
8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, keep and seek [to be familiar with] all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.
9 And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but [a]if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!
10 Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it!
1 Chronicles 28:9 Godâ€™s promises to men and women invariably are dependent upon the other party to the covenant meeting His conditions, whether He says so at the time or not. In I Chron. 28:7 we find Him promising to establish Solomonâ€™s kingdom forever. Yet in I Kings 11:9-11 we find that God became angry with Solomon for all his degenerate and abominable conduct and his treachery of heart toward Him; and without mercy, except for Davidâ€™s sake, God declared that the kingdom would be torn from him. Was God breaking His covenant with Solomon? No, Solomon had broken and nullified that covenant long before; it no longer existed. There was now no promise for God to keep. Christians are prone to think that God will keep His part of a bargain whether they do or not, but the wisest man who ever lived died knowing that God is not mocked; â€ś[He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reapâ€ť (Gal. 6:7). â€śIf you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity], you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!â€ť David was telling Solomon all this, but as the new king grew in power, popularity, and personal aggrandizement, step by step he set himself up as privileged to ignore God. In all his wisdom he failed to comprehend that â€śSomething greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here!... Someone more and greater than Solomon is hereâ€ť (Matt. 12:6, 42).
Bible in a Year:
Joshua 1-3; Mark 16
When our granddaughter Sarah was very young, she told us she wanted to be a basketball coach like her daddy when she grew up. But she couldnâ€™t be one yet, she said, because first she had to be a player; and a player has to be able to tie her shoelaces, and she couldnâ€™t tie hers yet!
First things first, we say. And the first thing in all of life is to know God and enjoy Him.
Acknowledging and knowing God helps us to become what we were meant to be. Here is King Davidâ€™s counsel to his son Solomon: â€śKnow the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mindâ€ť (1 Chron. 28:9).
Remember, God can be known. He is a Person, not a logical or theological concept. He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, and desires as any person does. A. W. Tozer writes, â€śHe is a person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimacy as we prepare our hearts for the wonder of it.â€ť Ah, thereâ€™s the rub: We must â€śprepare our hearts.â€ť
The Lord is not playing hard to know; those who want to know Him can. He will not foist His love on us, but He does wait patiently, for He wants to be known by you. Knowing Him is the first thing in life.
He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joys we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known. â€"C. Austin Miles
The thought of God staggers the mind but to know Him satisfies the heart.
Lubbock , TX