Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for waking us up this morning and allowing us to have another opportunity to fulfill our dreams and purposes. We ask that you protect us on our way to our destinations and back home. Today, we pray that you remind us that we can get pass anything with you by our side. In Jesus name we pray Amen!
I will be a true servant of God faithful through it all.
““I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go”
1 Kings 2:2-3 NIV
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God Commands Faithfulness
Bible Reading: Revelation 2:8-10
Remain faithful even when facing death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
GOD GAVE A lot of commands to us. Sometimes it can seem a little hard to keep them straight. For example, see if you can identify which of the following commands really came from God:
1. Did God say:
(a) “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, unless it’s been inspected first” or
(b) “The seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work”?
2. Did God say:
(a) “You shall not steal” or
(b) “You shall not play loud music after midnight”?
3. Did God say:
(a) “Follow justice and justice alone” or
(b) “Do not trample down the lawn of your neighbor, for he will surely turn and rend you to pieces”?
4. Did God say:
(a) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” or
(b) “Let everyone do that which is right in his own eyes”?
5. Did God say:
(a) “Remain faithful” or
(b) “Let him who is without sin gather no moss”?
If you answered (a) to every question except the first, then you got them all right! See, it’s not so hard to remember and recognize God’s commandments after all.
One of the above commandments, of course, is taken from today’s Bible reading, in which God commands his people to be faithful-even when facing death! Yikes! That shows, of course, that faithfulness isn’t just one of many options; it’s commanded by God. Just as he wants us to be truthful, loving, merciful, and just, he also wants all of us to be faithful. In fact, he commands it.
REFLECT: Why do you think faithfulness is emphasized in today’s Scripture passage? Is God’s command to be faithful less important because it’s not one of the Ten Commandments? Do you think God commands us to do anything that he doesn’t think is important? Do you think God commands us to do anything that isn’t right or good?
PRAY: “God, show me how to be faithful, and help me obey your command to be faithful.”
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