Sometimes, we can get so caught up with life that we come to believe we can only depend on ourselves to make it through. Sometimes we even believe that the only person who will care about you is you. But that is not completely so. Though we may be smart, intelligent, or resourceful, we are also made to be very dependent people. We have been made just short of being able to totally rely on ourselves. We are made this way so that we learn to count on someone else to complete our lives. And we are also made this way so that we learn we are needed to complete something in the lives of others.
It is important that we understand this if we are to live the best life possible for us. God made us to be complete in every way, but we complete our lives by giving Him the place in our lives He reserved just for Himself.
King Solomon understood this. When he had finished building the temple to be the home for God, he prayed to God, saying, “God let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to my prayer” (2 Chronicles 6:40). He invited God to come to His resting place and to never turn away His face from the people.
God responded to Solomon with this well-known scripture found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Solomon had the sense to know that life was not complete unless God had a place to live with him and his people. God responded with love, saying He would do what Solomon asked and more.
Solomon built the house for the Lord and then called on His Name. He called Him to come and to live. We ought to learn from Solomon. Our lives cannot be complete until we complete the work that God has started in each of us. What is this work you ask? Well, its three things—three things that we can see in Solomon, and three things that we should see in ourselves.
First, Solomon called on God to save him and His people from themselves and from others. Solomon was saying, God, you choose us, now save us from ourselves and from our enemies. Today, you and I need to be saved from ourselves and from the enemy that is ourselves—the person within us who keeps us from seeking to be saved. We cannot make it alone. So, we should first make sure we call on the Name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13).
Then Solomon called on God to live life with them. He asked God never to turn away His face from them. Life is not meant to be lived alone. We have a place in life that only God can fill, and we must make that place available for Him. We should call on the Name of the Lord that He would come live in us so we may live through Him.
Then Solomon called on God so that the people could serve Him. He had the priests and all the people come to the temple to offer sacrifices to God. He wanted to make sure God would be home to accept their offerings. We have a place in life that we must serve with our lives. Life is not about what we can get. The Lord wants to teach us that life is more about what we get to do in serving Him.
So, we should call on the Name of the Lord so that He will be there when we serve Him. Zephaniah 3:9 says, “For I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”
In the times of your life when things are not going the way you would like, consider these three ways that you should be calling on the Lord for help. When you are lost, living independently and need to be saved into eternal life, call on His Name. When you are living, but life is not working out the best way for you, call on His Name. And when you find yourself serving your wants instead of what He wants for you, call on His Name.
If you call Him, He will hear you, He will come to you, and He will heal your life and the land around you. He will teach you to pray, to repent, and to be humble. You will learn that your life is not complete until you give it back to Him for His service. Life a Delivered Life. Love you.