1 Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
What makes for a good rule in life? Something that says, this is good for me, I will do it forever, or it is bad for me, and I will never do it. It usually is something we did which has worked well or has failed miserably. Life experiences give us great guidelines to live by. Another way to find these pearls of wisdom for our life is by talking with someone we highly respect and trust. As they share what things did and did not work for them in their life experiences, we can use their wisdom to form a set of guiding principles for our life.
God’s ways are just like that. Not a list of “do not do that or I will get you” type rules. They are loving guidelines that make life better for everyone. Look at the descriptions given in today’s verse that refers to God’s leading in our life. It is called, “the charge of the LORD,” and mentions, his ways, his statutes, his commandments, his judgments, and his testimonies. The word charge here means an encouragement for life. We hear charges given to who graduate from high school and college to go out and use the wisdom they have gained to make a difference. The statues are the positive statements such as “do this it works better.” The commandments and judgments are moral and legal advice, like do not commit adultery, or steal. The testimonies are the wisdom and warning of God, so we do not mess up. You see it is like getting the best advice from a highly respected person we can genuinely believe in.
David understood this. In Psalm 19:7-8 it says: “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” How about you? Will you trust God and prosper in all that you do, wherever you go?
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Kings 2 / Psalm 136 / Proverbs 16 / Revelation 1
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Chron. 6-7 / John 17
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