Today’s Scripture: 1st Kings 10-13
Things to remember in today’s reading:
- A description of the glory of Solomon’s kingdom continues from the previous chapter (10:1-29)
- Solomon turns from the Lord when he is old, loving foreign women and going after other Gods, so God raises adversaries against him (11:1-26).
- The most important of these adversaries, Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, is chosen to receive ten of the tribes at the death of Solomon (11:27-43)
- Solomon’s son Reheboam reigned in his place at his death but has to deal with the providential plan of God to give ten of the tribes to Jeroboam (12:1-25
- “Solomon had been given great gifts from God, but instead of responsibly using these gifts in obedience to God, the king allowed himself to be influenced by others. Christ’s followers need to stand against pressure to compromise our faith and what we know be true.” (The Devotional Bible by Max Lucado, p 401)
- When Jeroboam builds golden calves, the Lord sends a Man of God to speak against it (13:1-34).
Things God is teaching me in today’s reading:
- We must be on guard to not allow things in our lives to bring us to the same condition that Solomon found himself in when he was old; “his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God” (11:4)
- With blessings come responsibilities (Luke 12:48). “Those who are given understanding, ability, goods, money, authority or fame have a responsibility that the less favored do not bear; failure to fulfill it produces fearful punishment…. Whatever level of opportunity is given to us, both God and man expect us to give a certain standard of performance. Favor carries with it responsibility. As the favor increases, the responsibility increases.” (From The Secret Kingdom by Pat Robertson)
Things to act on in today’s reading:
- To explore the responsibilities I have been given to serve God!
Things to pray about in today’s reading:
- For help to stand against the harmful influences of others!
Thanks for reading with me dear friend. Have a blessed day!!
— Randy Sexton