“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 desire and every thought. If you
seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you
forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
Devotion is the word we use to describe a short Bible study
and discussion, like the one we’re having now. But the word devotion also refers to the attitude
that drives us to seek God.
To be devoted means to be
dedicated. And in this verse, David is telling his son Solomon to
wholeheartedly dedicate himself to God. King David knew that you can’t halfheartedly
And when we do serve God with
wholehearted devotion, God will reward us. When we make him the focus of our
lives, he will bless us. That’s his promise. The more devoted we become, the
more he blesses us.
To devote your life to God means
that you live completely for him. It means that you live your life to please
and honor him. You seek him, worship him and love him—with your whole heart.
Dear God, you are the only one who deserves our wholehearted
devotion. Help us clear the obstacles in our lives that keep us from being
wholeheartedly devoted to you. Amen.