Faith
Wednesday October 10, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2B
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Committed to God"
Do you have a strong relationship with your Heavenly Father? If you do, you’re committed to Him and you now enjoy the benefits this commitment provides. There are two conditions you had to meet in obtaining this status:

(1) You will have taken the time to study and know Him better and for this reason you always include Him in you daily life. You’re now on a team that handles adversities and you’ve gained this knowledge of Him through studying and understanding His Word.

(2) You understand the importance of including Him and you consistently ask for His help to understand Him better. Psalm 119:169 KJV tells of this importance:

    Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.

Proverbs 2:6 KJV assures you that wisdom is the knowledge and understanding that God desires to share with you:

    For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Solomon gives us an example of what it’s like to be committed to God. Solomon asked Him for the understanding to discern judgment as his desire was to serve God’s people. God answered him in 1 Kings 3:11: KJV

And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

God knew that Solomon was committed and that he understood Him. He granted Solomon’s request, just as He will grant yours when you’re committed to Him.

Are you ready to become committed and enjoy the benefits of having God join you in your work?

How much time do you share with Him? Are you prepared to study His word and get to know Him better?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com