Editor’s Note: The AMI Devotionals from June 15-21 are provided by Doug Tritton of Symphony Church, Boston.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
1 Kings 5:7-10: As soon as Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people.” And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message that you have sent to me. I am ready to do all you desire in the matter of cedar and cypress timber. My servants shall bring it down to the sea from Lebanon, and I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you direct. And I will have them broken up there, and you shall receive it. And you shall meet my wishes by providing food for my household.” So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired.
As mentioned yesterday, Solomon sought to build a temple for God now that Israel finally was in a state of relative peace. In order to succeed in this task, Solomon needed help, so he asked Hiram, the king of neighboring Tyre. Hiram very willingly agreed to help in this task.
I remember when I first became a Christian, I was so eager to help out in any way. During my first AMI Revolution, I was asked to drive someone to the airport, and I felt so privileged to be able to help out. Even though it was just a simple task, I felt like I was contributing to the conference and this made the task seem fulfilling to me. Oh how I miss those days of enthusiasm! Now, often when asked to help with something, I think in my heart, “Ugh, I’m too busy. There is too much on my plate. Can’t this wait? Is there someone else who can do it?” Long gone is that enthusiasm I once had.
Yet, being invited into God’s work should always elicit enthusiasm! What better use of our time and energy is there than joining in what God is doing? We ought to fight against those burnt-out feelings, that yearning to become selfish and inward-focused, and rather remind ourselves that God is at work around us, doing something beyond our wildest imaginations. How terrible would it be if we missed out on God because we felt too busy or too exhausted?
Today, let’s keep our eyes open. Perhaps God is calling us to join Him in something. What will our response be – pessimistic rejection or joyful acceptance? Remember Hiram, who rejoiced at what Solomon was doing and joyfully accepted the invitation to join him in building the temple.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for often thinking I’m too busy or too tired to join You in what You are doing around me. Give me eyes to see You at work and a joyful and willing heart to join You. May I return to my first love, remembering the joy and enthusiasm I first found in You. May my love never grow cold, but rather be fresh and active. In Your name I pray, Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 1
Lunch Break Study
Read John 5:19-20: Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.
Questions to Consider
- Who does Jesus rely on? What can Jesus do by Himself?
- Why does God reveal His works to Jesus?
- What can we learn about following God from this passage?
- As surprising as it may seem, Jesus does not do anything on His own accord. He is totally, 100% dependent on God the Father. This is humbling to us because Jesus, the beloved Son of God, did only what He saw God the Father doing. If Jesus did this, shouldn’t we likewise?
- God loves His Son! Because of their love relationship, God the Father showed Jesus all that He was doing because God the Father wanted Jesus to be the one to carry out His plans. This applies to us now because God loves us and wants us now to carry out His plans. Because of His love for us, God shows us what He is doing so we can jump right in and join Him.
- Following God means utter dependence on Him. It means looking to see what God is doing and joining Him there. If we really want to do something for God, we cannot just do it on our own initiative; we need to first see what He is doing. Why would we ever want to do something apart from God?
How was your busyness level today? Do you think you gave room for God to draw you into His work or were you too caught up in your own work? Remember, God loves us and He wants us to join Him so we can know His love in even greater ways. It is because of His grace that we can join Him. Pray for eyes to see God around you tomorrow and a heart that is willing to join Him.