“Keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn” (1 Kings 2:3 NRSV).
“Charge” is a word with many meanings. The cavalry advancing would hear the command, “Charge!” A famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson records the “Charge of the Light Brigade.” When we hear the word “charge”
today, shoppers may think of credit card purchasing. Pastors may think of the place in the wedding ceremony in which they give a “charge” to the bride and groom. Accusations in our legal system could be “charges” against a person suspected of violating a law. Babysitters, day care centers, and schools are in “charge” of precious children each day. As we enter the workplace, we are in “charge” of something. We all have some kind of responsibility, a “charge” to keep. As I passed the nursing station on our 4th Floor, I noticed a handwritten sign in bold, black letters on the white board: “Make sure you charge your batteries at night.”
As we keep the charge we have, whatever our charge may be, let us remember to charge our own batteries, to “recharge,” in order to “keep our charge” with excellence.
Let us pray: Thank You, God, for giving us something we are “charged” to do, to be, to live out. Help us to stay plugged in to the Source so that we will not lose our charge, lose our focus, or lose our way. You are the One we need for energy, strength, refreshing, and recharging. Grant us Your provision of power today for Your purposes and Your pleasure in and through us. Amen.