The stories of Israel’s first and most prominent Kings (Saul, David, Solomon) vividly illustrate the contrast between a person driven by pride and fear -vs-a person led by humility and faith!
Solomon – son of David and Bathsheba
1 Kings 2 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses.
-Asked for wisdom and received it - Built and dedicated the Temple - developed Israel as nation,
1 Kings 3 5 God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 6 Solomon answered, “… So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”
1 Kings 83 The Lord said to him: “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
-Built and accumulated – built and accumulated more – and more….success beyond belief!
What does Solomon’s life look like viewed through “Kingdom of God” eyes…
… when humility and faith lead Solomon?
… when pride and fear drove Solomon?
Deuteronomy 17 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
Ecclesiastes 12 13Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER
Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.
Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”
Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there! (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)
Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying? Why this word this day?
What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? How am I learning to Sync up?
How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”
Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.
Monday – 1 Kings 3:1-15
Tuesday – 1 Kings 3:16-28
Wednesday – 1 Kings 8:22-30
Thursday– 1 Kings 9:1-9
Friday – 1 Kings 11:1-13
Saturday – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
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