We will not neglect the house of our God. (10:39)
The U.S. military has a long tradition of never leaving a fallen comrade behind on the battlefield. Throughout our country’s history, our armed forces have gone to great lengths in order to bring their dead home whenever possible. They have shown that this value is important to them by their selfless actions, even risking their own lives to honor the fallen.
Once the Israelites had confessed their sins and vowed what they would stop doing, they were ready to commit to what they would start doing in order to honor God. They determined that caring for the house of God was the highest priority. So they all came together and agreed about what roles they would play in order to properly care for the house of the Lord. Their commitment would be put to the test.
Some commitments can be tough to keep under adverse circumstances. But to achieve things of value, we must make and keep our promises and be accountable for our actions. Without firm commitments, we will always be tempted to take easier ways that might not be the best ones. Are you prepared to keep your commitments no matter what the cost might be?
Father, guide our hearts and prepare us to keep the commitments we have made. Amen.