June 27: center

What if my relationship with God was central to everything in my life, and my hope of completeness and prosperity was possible only to the extent that my relationship with God was central? In other words, would I say that God is sovereign or truly live with God as sovereign? So that the outcomes that I experience in my life and the other relationships in my life would be dependent on what’s at the center of my life. Isn’t that the way it works?

Reading in the Old Testament that appears to be how it works. One king does what is evil in the sight of God and the outcome is destructive. Another king does what is good in the sight of God and the outcome is prosperity (not necessarily in terms of money, but contentment). Still another king does what is good but not to the extent that David did. In other words, this king allows other religious influences into the nation so that the Lord God is not central. What is true through history for Judah and Israel must have a message for me and how I live today. That’s what makes all scripture “God-breathed” so that “all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped” (2 Timothy 3:16)

In the words of Paul, I don’t want “a form of godliness” while “denying its power”. (vs 5) Therefore, my commitment each and every day is to making my relationship with God central to everything else in my life. For me, that begins with scripture and prayer.

Today’s readings: 2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

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