Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 21 Scripture Selection: II Kings 16-18
Food for Thought: II Kings 17:24-41; 18:1-8
With God, it is all or nothing. Just going through the motions or partially following Him will not benefit anyone. Unfortunately, that describes what so many people do as a sort of “lion protection” or “fire insurance.” They insist on keeping their pet idols, their own priorities, and, then occasionally give some sort of lip service to the Lord just in case. They think for His benefit they should show up once in a while to church, but they never really serve Him with their whole heart—and it shows.
The greatest commandment of all is “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind (Mat. 22:37).” When we completely receive all that He has for us and give the Lord everything we are because He has given to us His all, then we are truly, sincerely connected to the life in Him. And there is nothing in this world that can ever compare to Him, nor can anything bring us the satisfaction that He gives us. Everything else pales in comparison.
The people who try to maintain the old life while benefiting from the new one do not have a true revelation of Who He is. He is the One true God. The God of all creation. The Savior. And He is worthy of all our praise, all our attention, all our energies. The Lord, unlike any false god, deeply loves us. Because He loves us, we can love Him (I John 4:19). And we should, unreservedly, with no interferences or distractions. (See also Mat. 10:38; Luke 9:62; Acts 19:17-20.)
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):