Day 115: Who will you serve? (2 Kings 9-11)

Posted: July 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit — the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan. The LORD said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit. 2 Kings 10:28-31

You know, it’s funny, the more I read through the Bible, in particular, the Old Testament, I’m amazed at just how people were so easy to serve idols. Jehu, once he became king, led a crusade to rid the land of all of Ahab’s family, and boy did he ever. Lots of killing in these chapters! Yikes! It just goes to show that there are consequences to putting other gods before the One True God.

Tonight was a little different for me. As I read this passage, I was moved to do something I haven’t done in a long time, write some poetry. It has been a little while since I have written some, but I felt this come to me tonight, so I hope you enjoy it! I couldn’t stop thinking about the concept of serving God and God alone, the notion of getting rid of all other things, all the other idols in our lives and serving God with all our hearts, no matter what. I was moved to right a little declaration, and I hope you can relate to it!

After reading this, I hope it makes you think about the things that may be clogging up your life, the idols that may be getting your way. The question will no doubt arise – Who do you serve?

I Will Serve the LORD

By Adam Minor

When life is calm, and waters still, and peace it overcomes me,

Don’t let me confide upon my pride, and steal the glory from thee.

If blessings flow and riches grow, and men answer to my call,

Keep my eyes aimed at the skies, lest I stumble and I fall.

Let your truth impart within my heart, let nothing stray me from your love,

Thy will endure, my mind stay pure, God grant me wisdom from above.

For even when You bless with great success, it’s never by my own accord,

Never let my soul forget, I will serve the LORD.

And when the rain, it starts to fall, and brings hardship to my life,

Through the fear, and in my tears, I praise You in my strife.

Loved ones leave, and hearts they grieve, while answers they elude me,

But through Your Son, Thy will was done, to comfort my every plea.

The promise of life, forever with You, peace and love eternal,

Accomplished through Christ, His death and His life, saved me from Hell’s inferno.

Although pain life may take, and hearts it may break, Jesus is my reward,

So even when I’m pressed, in great distress, I will serve the LORD.

And even in my bleakest days, when sin I welcome in,

I turn my back, my heart beats black, and darkness rules within,

My God stands by, and when my spirit cries, His love pours out on me,

Forgiveness reigns, I crush my chains, His grace has set me free.

For even when his discipline comes, I’ll consider it pure joy my friend,

Because as a child of my mighty God, I’ll grow stronger in the end.

Even in my darkness, the longing of my spirit is not ignored,

For His mercy and His love, I will serve the LORD.

And when I someday face the fearsome power of death,

I’ll bow my head and shout out praise, to the God who gave me breath,

Who gently  took me by the hand, and guided me through it all,

The One who lifted me up, and caught me when I would fall.

So until I draw my final breath, and Jesus calls me home,

I will serve with zeal, to Christ I’ll kneel, and never will I roam.

No matter what comes my way, tribulation by stone or sword,

As for me, I promise Thee, I will serve the LORD.

7/24/10

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