Scripture for Today: I Chronicles 29:18 “Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You.”
I love the colors of fall. But seeing leaves scattered all over the place, not so much. When they become wet, those leaves are more difficult to gather, sticking to the ground and becoming slippery. Soon they lose their pretty color and become a soggy brown mess. But even when conditions are dry, raking and gathering them become quite a chore. One good gust of wind is all that is needed to send them scurrying away from the rake.
Today’s verse is a prayer of David’s at the occasion of gifts given for the building of the temple. After David gave liberally of his gold and silver to its construction, he encouraged the people to do the same. They responded generously and together they praised the Lord. Their generous giving revealed the thoughts and desires of their hearts. David prays that their thoughts and desires continue to be loyal to the Lord.
Just as those leaves, my thoughts and desires can be scattered all over the place. When I spend time in God’s Word, it is as if the verses serve as a big rake, gathering my thoughts to a place they should be. Love of the world and consumerism can quickly blow my thoughts and desires into corners they do not belong. Spending time with Him lines up my priorities and keeps my loyalty to Him undivided. I want to keep those God-honoring thoughts and desires in my heart where they belong. And I want to express them by generous giving.
Lord, keep my thoughts and desires from wandering away from complete loyalty to You!