We don’t understand our own minds or the deep motives of our actions.

Minding Your Mind:
A Willing Mind – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 28:8-10

Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

David was at a critical point in his life.  It was time to turn the future plans of building the temple over to his son Solomon.  God had spoken to David and made it clear that he was not to build the permanent structure for Israel’s center of worship.  God had chosen David’s son Solomon to accomplish that work.

            Under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit, David gave Solomon his lifelong “marching orders.”  Our printed key verse was to become the mission statement for his life.  It contained two major points.  First, Solomon was to serve God with wholehearted devotion.  Secondly, he was to serve God with a willing mind.  The reason these two tenants of faith were critical is because God “searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (verse 9b).

            We don’t understand our own minds or the deep motives of our actions.  God does!  As God leads us into the abundant life, He can reveal the reasons and motivations that drive our soft addictions.  Why do you keep doing anything that you sense doesn’t serve you well?  We all have asked that question of ourselves.  If we turn to God and trust His wisdom, He alone can lead us to “possess this good land” of God’s abundant life!  As the later point of verse nine promises: “If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”  Tomorrow we will continue to study this journey with God.

Father, I believe that you see and understand my weaknesses better than I will ever be able to.  Guide me to your strength.  I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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