Most of us can’t imagine that we’d ever reject God. But the sad truth is many of us is doing it without realizing it. When we insist living our way we are already rejecting God by our actions. The Israelites rejected God by asking for a king.
The LORD answered Samuel, “Comply with the people’s request—everything they ask of you—because they haven’t rejected you. No, they’ve rejected me as king over them. They are doing to you only what they’ve been doing to me from the day I brought them out of Egypt to this very minute, abandoning me and worshipping other gods. So comply with their request, but give them a clear warning, telling them how the king will rule over them and operate.” (1 Sam. 8: 7-9, CEB, emphasis added)
The Israelites rejected God as king over them. They chose to get an earthly king also to the throne of their hearts. And so do we very easily. We can put not only people but also work or possessions on the throne of our hearts. And when we do that we automatically reject God. We don’t necessarily mean to reject God we just do.
It does matter how we live our lives. It does matter what we choose day in day out. Every day we make a decision about what is most important in our lives. Every day we choose who sits on the throne of our hearts. All this matters because what’s on the throne of our hearts rule our lives. By choosing someone/something else than God we reject God. Possibly the very last thing we’d like to do. Yet we might do it day in day out. Without thinking. That’s why we need to be intentional. No more living carelessly, unthinkingly.
So be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. Because of this, don’t be ignorant, but understand the Lord’s will. (Eph. 5: 15-17, CEB)
When we keep God on the throne of our hearts we are not alone anymore. God is with us. God will help us to live intentionally. But we can’t serve other gods. There is room only for one God on the throne of our hearts. Who is it going to be?
Forgive us rejecting you unthinkingly.
We choose you.
Be our King! Be our Ruler!
Show us how to live according to your will.
Shower us with your enabling grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Who’s on the throne of your heart? Who does rule your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you daily choose God to rule your life!