His Promises.

"Acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a 
willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understand every desire and every thought.
If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 
Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you... Be strong and do the work." 
1 Chronicles 28:9-10

As I read through these verses last night, I was cut to the heart.  In these verses, King David was speaking to his son Solomon, instructing him in what he needed to do so that he, too, would be a good, wise, and God-fearing king.   David's words to his son resounded loudly then, and continue to resound loudly now.

Much of it seems simple.  Acknowledge Him.  Serve Him wholeheartedly and willingly.  He searches our hearts.  He knows our thoughts and our desires.  Seek Him and you will find Him.

And then comes the hard part.  That part that many of us would rather skip over and not question... that part that says that if you forsake God, He will reject you forever.  

As I have been keeping up with the Passion 2013 livestream, one thing that Francis Chan so greatly put was this: "Many of us trust His promises of blessings, but not His promises of punishment.  Why is that?  I've considered that maybe some of us just don't hear those passages in Scripture.  But what I really think is that we choose to pass them over, believing only that our God is a God of love and so He can't possibly be one of wrath.  But in Deuteronomy 7:9, right after all of those great things, God promises that He will repay us.  Simply put, the character of God does not change.  He remains faithful to all of His promises."

He was, is, and will always be faithful to all of the promises that He has made.  Being in a season in which I have struggled greatly in my willingness - and even my desire - to seek God, you can understand why I was so cut to the heart over these verses.  I know that I wasn't downright rejecting God, but even in the midst of all of His promises of good and blessings, I was choosing to pursue things other than Him.  Wow.  I am now on my knees before the throne, ready once again to devote everything to seeking the only One who really matters.

I have no more words.  I just pray that this passage, in its entirety, may resound in your heart as it does mine.

"Now, devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God." 
1 Chronicles 22:19