Monday, April 27, 2015

WISDOM

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Kings 3-4

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Zedekiah’s Cave, also known as King Solomon’s Quarries, is a 5-acre underground limestone quarry that runs the length of five city blocks under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was carved over a period of several thousand years and is a remnant of the largest quarry in Jerusalem. Seen in this photo is the largest room in the quarry. The stones for Solomon’s Temple may have been hewn and taken from this quarry around 970 BC (1 Kings 6:1, 5:15-18).

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Key Verse: 1 Kings 3:9

Therefore, give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?

Solomon had a great start to his reign, but he did not finish well. We’ll cover his failures in a later reading, but for now, there are good choices to consider. One of the most important requests that anyone could make of God was made by Solomon. God offered him anything he desired. He could have chosen wealth, fame or long life, but instead he asked for that which would be best for others. He asked for wisdom. Solomon’s deep love for God is evident. He deeply appreciated the fact that his father David, for most of his life, had served the Lord God faithfully. We need to check up on our lives, asking ourselves, “How would we respond given a similar opportunity by God?” Because Solomon asked selflessly, God was not only pleased to fulfill his request but also to give him the other blessings he had not requested.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord God, because of Your love for me, You have offered me, in the promises I find everywhere in the Bible, many blessings. Grant me a selfless attitude, an outlook on life that is “others” centred. May I focus on Your will and not mine. I pray these mercies in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I would like to simply rejoice with Solomon, but I know what is coming later in his life. It could have been so different if he had made the right choices consistently. The last book in our readings was the Apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Galatia. I’m reminded of a very sad comment Paul made about those people. Paul wrote, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). God has blessed me greatly with His Salvation in Jesus Christ, with a wonderful family, and with many ministry opportunities. I must be so very careful to make wise decisions in my old age. It would be so easy to sit on the couch watching TV (other than 100 Huntley Street, the news and some other wholesome programs) and be inundated by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Oh, it wouldn’t be deliberate on my part, but ever so gradually, spiritual strength would drain away, leaving me weak and almost helpless in the face of life’s challenges. I am more determined than ever to make the right choices, to pray fervently each day, to read God’s Word each day, and to share Jesus, as the opportunity arises. By having a Christian will, my wife and I do not intend to leave anything to the government. Yes, we are remembering our children, but God’s work is a priority. We want those causes that God has called us to support to continue to prosper. It would be fine if my epitaph read, “He ran well, and he kept on running well!”

Yours for doing well and finishing well,

David

P.S. May I suggest an extra reading of one of Solomon’s wise writings: Proverbs 3.

Walking into the depths of King Solomon’s Quarries.

Here is an entrance to the quarry. It is cut into the bedrock below the city walls of Jerusalem.

8 thoughts on “Monday, April 27, 2015

  1. “33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.”

    How awesome is that quote!…..a man after my own heart.
    So sorry to hear King Solomon’s wisdom didn’t last. Loved the way he settled the baby situation with the two ladies. Great pics today.
    Blessings dear saints.

    • A quote from the Denison forum:
      “scientists have concluded that spirituality is “the single most powerful protection against depression and suffering.” Children with a strong overall spirituality have greater determination, higher grades, more optimism and persistence. There is a clear correlation between spirituality and physical wellness. In fact, greater spiritual awareness produces the same readings in brain scans as medication-induced recovery from depression and disease.”

    • Thank you so much . You make me thankful to even be Canadian.
      A friend told me of this, and it is my first day to read “100words”,
      and I’m planning to pass it on to friends and family.
      God bless you.

  2. Like the link between mining for truth & wisdom by seeking God, and mining in king Solomon’s quarries. God is the bedrock of life.
    Thanks David and family.
    God bless all of you.

  3. Proverb 3, especially verses 5-8 were those I leaned on when one of my sons was in a dangerous situation. Praise God he was snatched out of darkness into God’s light!! Thank You Jesus!!!
    Thank you for your Prayer David, the pictures and your words of wisdom!
    Praise God for this beautiful new day the day He has made!!!

  4. Pastor David I loved your prayer today and made it my own. Thank you for suggesting Proverbs 3 as an extra reading. It is worthwhile going back to it daily.

    You continue to faithfully feed us our daily bread through this blog. Thank you.

    Blessings everyone.

  5. Excellent reading, prayer, message and photos, David and Reynold–thank you! The scripture sinks right into the soul–amen!! Wishing all saints a blessed day!

  6. Thank you David for giving of yourself daily to this blog. I am truly
    blessed by your contributions and look forward to each new day’s thoughts.
    We keep you and yours in our prayers, and look forward to the day when we are at that great marriage supper of the Lamb.

    In the love of Jesus.
    Marg Walker

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