Know the God of your Father by Corey Darnell

I chronicles chapter 28 verse 9 says “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind.  For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts.  If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!” (Taken from the Amplified bible)

      In this passage of scripture we find King David encouraging his son Solomon as he prepares to assume the role of king. What really strikes me about this discourse between father and son, is that of all the information King David passed on to him he would include this wisdom of knowing the Lord God of your father.  From this conversation I would like to pull out a few points for us to meditate on about knowing the God of your father.

      Point One: To Know – (def.) To become intimately acquainted with; to have intercourse or exchange.  We need to realize that to know God requires more than just a Sunday visit to church or volunteering for a worthy cause.  These and others like them, are just results of knowing God.

      Point Two: The God of your Father – This phrase signifies two things (1) the need for a personal involvement with the God your father (parents) trusted in and adhered to and the miracles that resulted from that trust.  If your parents did not believe (trust) in God, then this would signify the need for you to know God as your father.  (2) Learn to discern between the God your father trusted in and all the other false gods that are calling for your allegiance.

      Point Three: Serve Him with a loyal heart and willing Mind – A loyal heart must receive the Lord God and make Him Lord of everything and commit to following Him no matter what.  A willing mind cannot be ignorant but understanding what His [God’s]will is.  The developing of these two  almost always result in a confrontation between what we were before making the Lord our trust and what we are striving to be having made Him our Lord.  A loyal heart and willing mind helps us to recognize and appreciate God’s sovereignty.

In your meditation of this scripture you will come to discover that God really is in the “blessing business.”  However, the blessings of the Lord can only come when we are positioned according to His word not our intentions.  There is no middle ground when it comes to serving the Lord, it’s either “all or nothing.”  It is true that God’s grace abounds, but His grace is there as a covering for us to force back the devil from exacting his desire upon us. Yes, it is true that we have God’s mercy, but His mercy isn’t what guarantees us the fulfillment of His promises in our lives.  I know of several people, both past and present, who have made excuses for not adhering to the commands of the Lord by saying, “well God knows my heart.”  This is so true, which is why many of them have never experienced God’s best for their lives on any level.  Are they still covered by grace and shown mercy? MOST DEFINITELY!!  Has God poured out His wrath upon them and consumed them? As of the writing of this NO, and from what I know of the Lord he never will!!  In fact, a few are doing quite well materialistically.  The problem that arises is that by not knowing the God of our father, we become easily swayed with thoughts and opinions that are spoken eloquently that have a form of Godliness, but in reality denies the sovereignty and Lordship of Jesus Christ.  


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