Maintaining the Cause

“Let these words of mine, with which I pleaded before the Lord, be near to theLord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires; so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” – 1 Kings 8:59-60

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 8-11

King Solomon is remembered for two things: 1) he is the wisest person who ever lived; when God told him he could ask for anything, Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment, and 2) Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem. In 1 Kings 8, we read about Solomon’s dedication of the temple to God (we will be discussing this dedication and Solomon’s prayer at the dedication more this coming Sunday). Near the end of the dedication, Solomon blesses those who have gathered for the dedication. He reminds them of all that has taken place since the days of Moses; he urges them to “incline our hearts to [God]” and be faithful to God; and then he asks God to maintain the cause in him and all of Israel “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God.”

I have always found there are two situations in life that can leave us vulnerable to straying from God’s mission for our lives. The first is following times of great rejoicing and celebration. During these times, we can tend to become a little lazy in our follow up and this may cause us to drift from our mission of making disciples. The second situation is in times of despair. During these moments, our faith may struggle and we may question if God is with us. This can lead us to turn away from God (intentionally or not) because we feel separated from God. It’s in moments such as these that we need to be reminded to maintain the cause.

Maybe you need to hear that reminder today. After the celebration of Easter and the continual social distancing and isolation, it can begin to feel like we are straying from our faith. Let us remember all that God has done for us and that God is still with us during this time. Let us incline our hearts toward God and walk in his all his ways by maintaining our prayer practices, our discipline of reading scripture, and offering encouragement to one another. And may our words be near to God and may God maintain the cause in each of us as we continue to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus, that all theworld may know of God’s love, God’s presence, and God’s grace now and forever.

Have an amazing weekend and I look forward to being with you in virtual worship beginning at 10:15 AM this Sunday!

May God bless you and keep you,
Matt

P.S. Please remember that your church staff continues to work remotely from their homes. If you need anything, please feel free to e-mail us or call thechurch office at 706-245-7402. Those calls will be forwarded to Julie Lewis, our Office Manager. We have also set up a pastoral care phone number. If you have a pastoral emergency, you can call 706-680-7264. We continue to pray for you and with you during this time.