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What have you done for me lately?

Posted: Friday, July 13

 Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7

Verse of the day:

Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! (Proverbs 19:6)


Many who excel in business, politics, entertainment, sports and even ministry often express that as they rise in position and influence they experience loneliness. King Solomon had great wealth and power. As the king, everyone was forced to be friendly and adoring and respectful to him, but that doesn't mean he felt known, supported, liked or seen for who he was beyond his title. As you rise in leadership you become the man or woman that everyone is asking for something…asking for a raise, for a favor, for your endorsement or asking straight up for cash!

 

Have you ever felt like someone was being kind to you simply because they ultimately wanted something from you? It doesn’t feel good, does it?

 

Now let’s pivot to God. God has unlimited power and resources and that fact is well known around the world. Everyday people make their requests known to God and we are invited to do so! (Philippians 4:6) Hopefully we understand that no relationship can thrive if it exists simply for the benefit of one of the friends. We understand this dynamic in human associations and yet we often place God in a different category.

 

‘He’ll understand if I only come to him in crisis or at times when I need something. He gets it…’

 

I wonder at times if God longs for us to simply be with him…not to gain anything but simply to enjoy communion and relationship with him. Perhaps the greatest rewards in life belong to those who pursue friendship with God.