The three previous ABC posts are entitled: Totally Trust the Truth, Understand His Unfailing Love, and Victory belongs to His Valiant Warriors. Today is: Walk Wisely, Worship Well.
Walk Wisely, Worship Well? After the death of King David, his son Solomon reigned over Israel. David had emphatically charged his son to seek the Lord and follow Him with his whole heart. Solomon did intend to reign with the Lord’s wisdom. In fact, instead of asking for more riches and honor, Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart to judge the people and discern between good and evil. God blessed this selfless request, and from this heart of wisdom Solomon wrote many of the Proverbs. He also built God’s magnificent temple in Jerusalem. If only King Solomon could have walked as wisely as his Proverbs taught and worshipped well in the temple he built for the Lord. Sadly, Solomon strayed when he married numerous foreign wives who pulled his heart away from the one true God.The end of Solomon’s reign was nothing like the beginning; because of his waywardness, the kingdom of Israel was ripped apart. (I Kings 3:5-15, 10:23-29, 11:1-7, 11)
Walk Wisely, Worship Well! Hundreds of years later, a man named John entered Israel’s scene. He was appointed from birth for one purpose: his sole ambition was to point people toward Jesus the Messiah, Son of the living God. When the people of Jerusalem asked him who he was, he answered, “I am the voice of the One calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.'” All the days of his abbreviated life he proclaimed Jesus as the One who came to take away the sins of the world. John the Baptist walked wisely and worshipped well. Although John was beheaded for his strong faith in Christ, his divine message of repentance still lives today. (see John 1:19-27, 3:22-26, Matt. 14:1-12)
Solomon: a rich ruler like the world had never known. John: a lowly man who wore camel skins and ate locust and honey. What a contrast. Although their physical cirumstances were different, both men’s heart conditions started out the same. Solomon and John were fully committed to the Lord. However, Solomon gradually strayed while John remained steadfast.
How about you? What is your heart condition? Which path do you want to walk on, the world’s or the Lord’s, because they are quite different. Is there something or someone in your life that might be pulling you away from walking wisely and worshipping well? If you want to walk with the Lord, take note of the subtle pull and then ask Him to redirect your steps. Although John did not gain the riches and honor this world has to offer, he did gain these words from Jesus the God-man, “I say to you, among those born of women, there is no one greater than John.” (Luke 7:28) And also, after John’s last breath on earth he gained eternity which is full of things eye has not seen nor ear has heard nor has entered the heart of man. (1 Cor. 2:9). On the other hand, at Solomon’s end, he was left wanting.
My friend, in 2017, challenge yourself with this question each morning: Who am I living for, myself or for the One Who both created me and loves me? And then, follow these two simple Life directing, Life gaining guidelines: Walk Wisely, Worship Well.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36