The Proper Order
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5; Psalm 99; Romans 3
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 5:4-14
There are many times in life when things must be done in the proper order. For example, you cannot eat a scrambled egg without first cracking the egg, you cannot read a book before it is written, and you cannot move into a house before it is built. Trying to do any one of these things out of order will result in failure. There is another time when maintaining the proper order is important, and that is in our interactions with God. Whether in a corporate setting like a church service or an individual setting like prayer, it is important that before we go to God with all of our needs we spend some time praising Him and thanking Him first. Solomon understood the importance of maintaining this proper order when worshiping God.
For almost 500 years, (since the exodus from Egypt) the Ark of the Covenant was largely kept in a movable tent. The ark contained the two stone tablets given to Moses with the Ten Commandments, and it was the embodiment of God’s presence on earth. In today’s key passage, we read that after all of this time the ark was finally moved into a more permanent structure – the temple built by Solomon. After seven years of construction, the temple was finally ready, so the priests and the Levites brought the ark inside. It was a time of great celebration for all of Israel, and it was a time for worshiping God. Once the ark was in its new home, Solomon would offer a prayer of dedication to God, and would ask Him for a great many things for his people. He would ask God to fulfill many of their needs for years to come. Before he began asking God for anything, though, Solomon knew that they should spend some time thanking God, so, “accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD.” (Vs. 13)
It can be easy to fall into the habit of going to God in prayer only when we have a need. We go to Him and ask for protection, safety, wisdom, or relief without first taking the time to really thank and praise Him. Do not get me wrong, God wants us to go to Him with all of our needs and desires, but He wants us to come to Him with the right heart. When we spend time with God thanking him for his perfect goodness and praising His name for all of the blessings He has given each of us, we can prepare our hearts and our minds before coming to Him with our needs. Remember that God is not a genie in a bottle waiting only to grant us our wishes; He is the creator of the universe who loves us so completely that He gave His only Son to die for our sins. Instead of just approaching Him with needs, spend some time thanking and praising Him. You will be amazed at the results as you begin to grow even closer to Him.
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Posted on May 22, 2013, in 14 - 2 Chronicles and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Jesus, Prayer, Questioning God, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.