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Desire What is Right Before the Lord

As we seek Him today, think about what you're doing before you do it. Know why it's important, and let it glorify and please our Father.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 24:3, ” And Joab said to the king, ‘Now may the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times more than there are, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king desire this thing?’ “

Background

M & M’s. Is there a more delicious acronym than this one? For me, there is no candy better than the Peanut M & M. And if the original plain variety, or my preferred peanut, doesn’t quite do it for you, then there are several other fillings offered inside that famous hard candy-coated, colored shell; upwards of twenty-seven different flavors have been produced over the years. But who knows where their name came from? M & M? It’s named after Mars candy company founder Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey Chocolate’s president at the time the candy was created in 1941. Mars had the idea and Hershey controlled the rationed chocolate during WWII. Together, they produced what is still today’s top-selling candy. IBM, HP, CVS, BMW, NFL, NBA, CBS, NBC. Each of us is extremely familiar with these everyday acronyms. Slightly more modern are ones like LOL, BFF, ROFL, OMG, SWAK, JK and IMHO. Additionally, common in circles such as ours is WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? You’ve no doubt seen these four letters on a bracelet or bumper sticker or t-shirt. But have you ever asked yourself that question in the midst of a situation? Does it apply to something as insignificant as noticing a paper towel on the floor in a restroom? What about the speed limit? How about all-you-can-eat buffets? Your movie choices this weekend? If it does or doesn’t, then why or why not?

Application

When you desire something, whether to do it or not to do it, from where is that motivation coming? Would you say that too many of us put more weight on the ” what ” than on the ” why? ” If so, then…why? We cannot say with perfect assurance what Jesus would do in our every situation. The options are just too many. But we can know without a doubt as to why He would do it. Every desire of His was to glorify and please His Father. Is that what you will be doing today, all day? Is it why you will do what you will do?

Charge

As we seek Him today, think about what you’re doing before you do it. Know why it’s important, and let it glorify and please our Father.


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