Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. (Ps. 119:2)
As I passed my friend on the road, she excitedly pressed a stone into my hand. She pleaded with me to take it so that my life would go well. She explained that she had just visited a special church near our city where people believe miracles happen. Like many from our neighborhood and city in Albania, she had gone there hoping for blessings and a better life. She picked up what she believed to be holy objects to keep for herself and to share with others.
While not all of us seek a lucky, or blessed, talisman, we may be guilty on some level of prioritizing less than optimal goals. God says obey him above all else, and we can be guilty of wanting to lose weight, desiring a relationship, trying to increase our wealth or succeed, or growing in popularity above all else. Scripture, though, declares that we are truly blessed when we seek God first and keep his statutes or commands.
God calls us to treasure his Word and to treat what it tells us as most important. Instead of devoting a lot of effort to seeking a better life based on worldly standards, our quest for what is best should begin with wholeheartedly pursuing the Lord. We should seek the one who created us, loves us, and knows what is best for us.
Seek to follow one of God’s commands in greater ways.
Caryl Aukerman is a wife, missionary, and mother of three, and has served with Global Partners in the country of Albania for over fifteen years.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.