1 Kings 9:9 Why There May Be So Much Disaster

People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them–that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’ 1 Kings 9:9

Every time a major disaster occurs affecting a large number of people, many will wonder why it happened. Almost immediately people will blame other people or God for what occurred. Some will blame others for the long-term effects of some action, while others blame for immediate choices made.

Seldom do people take responsibility and blame themselves for the disasters.

God told Solomon that he and the people must follow Him. If they don’t and follow other gods, He will bring great disaster on them, until the people of other nations will see and recognize that they left God, and He destroyed them.

It is sadly common for many who claim to be believers in Jesus to walk in sin and follow false gods more than following God. Sin is justified and accepted as good, twisting scripture to make it acceptable.

While God is patient and full of grace and mercy, there comes a point in which He will punish the choices of believers.

Communities or nations that begin to follow false gods as a whole and do not have true believers standing for God’s truth and ways, may begin to feel the judgement of God come upon them. He allows disasters to occur to try and get their attention back to Him so that He may forgive them and heal them of the disaster.

In the same way that Israel has experienced disasters for turning away from God, other nations have also experienced it and America is beginning to feel His strike against them. Believers need to stand strong and true for God and refuse to follow the false gods of this world to avert greater disasters.

You may be tempted at times to follow the false gods of this world–money, fame, sexual immorality, self-pleasure, or more. The world will do whatever it can to draw you away from God into its sinful pleasures that bring about death and destruction.

Focus your entire heart and life upon God and His ways. Do not allow the temptations pull you into sin and judgment. God will make a way for you out of temptation and provide more life than this world will ever offer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow God alone with all of your life; that God will give you strength and direction to flee temptations to sin; that God will never have to bring disaster upon your life due to sin; and that the world will see you follow God.

1 Kings 8:61 Fully Committed

And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time. 1 Kings 8:61

Being fully committed to something means that one will do whatever it takes to complete the task. Very often people are not fully committed to something. Their mind wanders and are desiring something different, wishing to be somewhere different or doing something different.

The difference between a good sports player and one who is great is their level of commitment. One will do whatever it takes, while the other stops short and is distracted.

Right after Solomon finished building the temple and dedicating it, he prayed that the people would have their hearts fully committed to God and to obey all of God’s commands.

Everyone has many things that are going on in their life at any given moment. Everything pulls their attention and commitments different directions. There are jobs, friends, family, spouses, cleaning, repairs, bills, health issues, travel, children, and much more all needing some attention.

One thing that all of these have in common are that they need some attention from the person. In the process of giving attention to all of these things, often some things are ignored or forgotten and placed on the side.

God and His commands are often one of the first things that people put on the side in all of their busyness, and not just on Sundays.

Believers need to have a heart that is fully committed to the Lord and obeying His commands no matter what comes their way. God has the perfect plan for every believer, so their first focus must always be towards God and obeying Him, then trusting God for anything else needed.

Hearts must be fully committed to God.

You have many things that strive to call your attention. While many of these things are important, God and His commands are the most important.

God is committed to you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is committed to leading and guiding you on the best path possible.

Do not allow the cares of this world turn you away from God and His commands but drive you closer to Him. Do not be a half-hearted believer, but fully committed to loving God, obeying God and living by His standards with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all of God’s commands; that your heart will be fully committed to God; and that you will put God first in all that you think, say or do every day of your life.