The Call to Obedience: Living a Purposeful Life in Faith and Righteousness
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
Life is not a straight line. It’s filled with unexpected twists and turns, such as unforeseen financial burdens, job loss, deaths in the family, divorce, or relational issues. It’s not unusual for these events to knock us off our planned path, regardless of how well-grounded or guided we are. However, our responses to these events are of utmost importance.
Towards the end of his life, King David gave his son, Solomon, firm advice: to be courageous, to live as a Godly man, and to follow God’s laws in order to succeed in his endeavors. God had promised David that his descendants would always rule Israel if they remained faithful to Him (2 Samuel 7:12-16). David also urged Solomon to act decisively against untrustworthy individuals to secure his throne. Solomon was forced to make tough decisions as a young, new ruler. Adonijah, Solomon’s brother, attempted to seize the throne and was executed. Joab and Shimei were also executed, and Abiathar was exiled (1 Kings 2:2-3, 25, 34, 46).
Solomon’s life, too, was not a straight line. Despite his love for God, he made some foolish decisions and wasted years of his life in disobedience. Yet God used Solomon in many ways, granting him wisdom and wealth. Solomon constructed a magnificent temple for God and authored three books of the Bible, with Ecclesiastes being the last. In this book, he expresses regret over living a life away from God, reflecting on his life and time wasted. “I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless — like chasing the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). His final words in the book prove he had learned much from his experiences and turned back to God and his upbringing. “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
Your Call to Action
Consider Solomon’s journey, his successes, and regrets — let them be a guide and a warning. Do not let the winds of life blow you aimlessly. Instead, take charge, dig deep into the Word of God, and live your life purposefully. Embrace His commandments, hold fast to your faith in Him, and let Him guide your actions. Let’s embark on this journey of obedience and faith together.
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you'” (Psalms 32:8).
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Father God, we lift Your name on high! Your love for us is so amazing and we praise You for it! Help us to learn from the life of Solomon to be faithful to You and keep Your commandments. Give us the wisdom to navigate difficult circumstances and trust in You alone for strength and guidance. We love You, Lord! In Your name, we pray, Amen!
A Comforting Closure
It’s crucial to hold onto righteousness. The Word of God and our faith in Him, along with adherence to His commandments, help us to maintain a straight path in a complex life.
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