Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 1, 2010

Our inspiration, our devotion, in truth, fluctuates up and down. In spite of our promises to do otherwise, we lose that lovin' feelin.' But that's where renewal comes in, another grace of God!

[Josiah] read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord...
- 2 Kings 23:2,3 TNIV

King Josiah, like his predecessor, Hezekiah, remembers the covenant promises he and the people of God had made, and he renews his devotion, and sets about to clean up Israel. In doing so, the people's passion is renewed, but also their commitment.

If you are a Christian, you have made promises in baptism and church membership. Our enthusiasm to such promises may rise and fall. We learn from the likes of Josiah that everytime we re-commit is a good thing, but we need not start over again, but build upon God's grace. Everytime we re-commit we need not join again, or be re-baptized. However, we can put renewal in our life routine: What if everytime you take communion, everytime you eat the bread and drink the cup, you remember the promises you made to your Lord and the people of God? And so the grace of renewal happens.

Dale Patterson