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Annually on July 27
Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa's heart was fully committed [to the LORD] all his life. (2 Chronicles 15:17)
Hearts fully committed to the Lord are hard to find, but such have a special blessing from the Lord. He is always there to strengthen them in times of trouble and distress.
The Psalmist says:
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:18)
Again in Psalm 34, we read,
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry. (Psalm 34:15)
Commitment is difficult but it pays dividends. Athletes who win top spots really put in a lot of hard work to achieve success.
The Apostle Paul referring to this writes:
No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs - he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:4,5)
Writing to the church at Corinth, Paul again says,
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
That's what all of us believers are hoping for! Aren't we? A crown that will last for ever. And a crown that will last forever is what we will receive--that is--if our hearts are committed to the Lord.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian