6/14/17: Did What Was Right, But…

One of my Facebook friends asked a question: What’s your morning routine? That was easy. During the summer months when I’m off of work, upon waking, I check my phone for the day’s schedule, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, pick up my Bible and prayer cards for the day, and head to the treadmill. While on the treadmill, I pray and read my Bible. Then I go back inside to my office and write the day’s devotion. When school is in during the rest of the year, my morning routine consists of getting up, getting ready for work, and driving 30 miles in Los Angeles traffic (can you feel my anxiety). I have to get my prayer time in with my eyes wide open and hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. Bible reading comes at night, and honestly, more sporadically. Needless to say, I much prefer the summer months’ routine.

Whatever your morning ritual, you probably do it without much thought, thus the meaning of the word “routine.” Synonyms of that word are custom, habit, schedule, and practice. What we habitually do every morning may not make a big difference in the grand scheme of things, but what about some of the other routines in which we engage? If our lives were being watched, what would others have to say about our habits, customs, routines, and practices? Would our lives indicate our faith at all?

As we read through the book of Second Kings in the Old Testament, we see an unfortunate, recurring theme. Regrettably, it is said of some of the kings of Israel and Judah that they “did what was right, but…” For example, of Jehoash, it is said, “Johoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord… but the high places were not taken away; and the people still sacrificed” to foreign gods (Second Kings 12:2-3 NKJ). And of Amaziah, it is said that he “did what was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not like his father David… the high places were not take away, and the people still sacrificed and burned incense” to other gods (Second Kings 14:1-4 NKJ).

I think it’s interesting to note that although David had blatant sin in his life, we don’t read of God saying, “David did right, but…” After all the dust clears, we come away from the account of David’s life knowing that he was a man after God’s own heart and every king after him is compared to him.

I want the testimony of my life to be like David’s, don’t you? When all is said and done, I don’t want God or people to say, “Yeah, she did what was right, but…” I want the legacy of my life to be one of which grace has wiped away my faults and all that’s remembered is the cry of my heart toward God: “Sharon was a woman after God’s own heart.”

Let’s all be about the business of tearing down the high places and cutting out the sacrifices to foreign gods. Live in the grace-space that turns everything over to God and gets on with life, being about God’s business. Garner the testimony, “(Your name) did what was right. Period.

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~ by sanewriter on June 14, 2017.

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