Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tuesday, May 12th: 1 Kings 1-2, Matthew 6:1-8 ~ Nathan
In 1 Kings 1 we read how one of King David's sons wanted to place himself on the throne, instead of following procedure. His name was Adonijah, he was a spoiled child who grew up to be proud.
Adonijah set himself up to become King, only to have Solomon move ahead of him to take his rightful spot on the throne. Solomon was promised the throne by his father King David. After Solomon became king, he could have had Adonijah killed for trying to step ahead of Solomon, but instead gave him a second chance.
As King David lay on his death bed, he gave Solomon some final advice. After telling Solomon to follow all the commands of the Lord, he goes in to tell Solomon to settle a few old scores David had from men who crossed him.
Later in chapter 2 Adonijah pushes Solomon again, this time he pays with his life. Solomon later has opportunity to kill both of the men that his father wanted him to kill, and he gets the opportunity and kills both. Now he has full control of his kingdom.
This passage says to me to be patient. God will accomplish His will at His time. He will create opportunities for us at His time.
In the passage from Matthew 6:1-18, we read about Jesus teaching about giving, prayer and fasting. In all three He says to do these things in private and not for show, like hypocrites. We need to take time daily to be by ourselves reading the Bible and praying, not doing it for others to see and be impressed, but rather so that we can grow stronger in our faith and closer to the people God wants us to be. God cares about our true relationship with Him, not a fake relationship we put on for others to see.