the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart
and appointed him ruler of his people,
because you have not kept the Lord’s command.
1 Samuel 13:14, NIV
My best friend calls me an anti-bandwagoner. Basically, if something is really popular, I won't be interested in it, at least not until the hype has passed. I fully admit I have a different way of looking at things. Just last week I asked a friend why she was doing something a certain way. Wouldn't another way be easier? I wasn't trying to tell her she was wrong; I just saw the situation differently than she did.
When I saw the prompt for today's Five Minute Friday session, I knew that many people would write about how "His love endures forever." The phrase appears more than 40 times in the NIV translation of scripture. Those who read the NKJV translation would be writing that "His mercy endures forever." This is a good word, but being the anti-bandwagoner that I am, I will not.
Instead, I am writing about NOT enduring. In 1 Samuel, we read God list one specific attribute in Saul that made him unfit to be king: Saul had not kept God's commands. God says nothing about his vision setting goals or the economy of the nation. His kingdom did not endure because of his relationship with God. In that same verse, there is one attribute about David that made him worthy of the being king: David was a man after God's heart. There is, perhaps, no other quality in a person, that God desires, except that we love him. Our ability to endure hangs on this.
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