Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24th: 1 Kings 10:1-13, 2 Chronicles 9:1-12, 1 Kings 10:14-29, 2 Chronicles 9:13-28, 1 Kings 4, 2 Chronicles 1:14-17 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Kings 10:1-13, 2 Chronicles 9:1-12, Kings 10:14-29,  2 Chronicles 9:13-281 Kings 42 Chronicles 1:14-17

Throughout our reading today we see the extent of Solomon’s wealth.  Solomon reigns with great wisdom from God, enjoys peace within his kingdom, & the respect of other nations.

Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you & placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God.  Because of the love of your God for Israel & his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice & righteousness. 
2 Chronicles 9:8

The Queen of Sheba came to see if all that she heard of Solomon (his wisdom & wealth) were true & was amazed by the extent of it.

However, according to my Life Application Bible, in Deuteronomy 17:14-20, God prohibits kings to accumulate wealth.  God knew that by placing so much value on their wealth they would lose sight of God which would lead to their downfall.

Solomon accumulated chariots & horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots & twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities & also with him in Jerusalem. 
1 Kings 10:26

When Solomon began to accumulate his wealth he began to lose sight of Gods blessings.

The good times show us God’s love & faithfulness.  However, it is easy at that point to forget who our blessings are from & come to rely on ourselves (& even take pride in what we've accomplished). 

Every good & perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly light, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
James 1:17

Lord, help me to recognize your goodness in my life.  Help me not to be proud in my own accomplishments but humbly thankful for the gifts (whether abilities or material blessings) that you have given me. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalm 72, 127Proverbs 1-2

1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

Solomon's life is testimony to the fact that you can be wise beyond measure and still make foolish decisions. We need to keep our eyes focused on God, and not on ourselves!