July 20

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17; Romans 6:1-23; Psalm 16:1-11; Proverbs 19:20-21

God deserves nothing less that our very best! As Solomon set out to build the Temple for God, he did not choose people who would give 99%, he chose those who were considered the best in their field (Master Craftsmen). He knew that people who just delivered “good enough” would not produce something that pleased God. 

Solomon could request excellence because he demonstrated excellence in his own personal relationship with God. In gratitude for God giving him this high privilege of building the temple and leading the people of God, Solomon made the largest one-day animal sacrifice that had ever been made. It was the custom to sacrifice one burnt offering. Solomon offered 1000. It had to have taken all day to offer that many sacrifices. But Solomon gladly did it because he knew it was for God. 

In your own relationship with God, does He get your best? If God gets your best, then you can expect nothing but His best flowing towards you. When Solomon gave God his best, God gave him an open invitation to ask for whatever he wanted. God will do the same thing with you. Give God your best and you will live an amazing life. 

Tomorrow’s Reading:  2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11; Romans 7:1-13; Psalm 17:1-15; Proverbs 19:22-23

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