Friday, May 3, 2019

DIVISION

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Kings 12

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Beyond the security fence, looking from Israel into Palestine, you can see the area that was ancient Bethany. It is now the present day Arab village of Al-Ezareyya, the Arabic name for Lazarus, the one Jesus raised from the dead in Bethany. This area is situated on the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.

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Key Verse: 1 Kings 12:13

Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him…

As the wall in the photograph shows, the land is divided. In the days of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, it was also divided. Friedrich Hegel, the philosopher, said, “We learn from history that we don’t learn from history.” Rehoboam may have been able to maintain unity if he had taken time to read Scriptures from Moses, Joshua, his grandfather David, and his father Solomon. Political leaders then and now need the wisdom of the ages and the sages. We need to pray, not only for our western leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-8), but particularly for Jerusalem and the whole region. The current population consists of Jews and Arabs. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” King David wrote those words. We may want to read that Psalm and honour his prayer request (Psalm 122).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Yes, Lord, I pray right now for the peace of Jerusalem. Only You, Lord God, fully understand all the issues involved. Please give wisdom to the leadership of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas. There is nothing impossible for You. Just as You gave David and Solomon the wisdom to bring about decades of peace, please do it again. In the Name of Jesus, the One who is the Prince of Peace, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned the wisdom that can be found in the diligent study of God’s Word. People who have shown themselves to possess wisdom should also be read and studied. Another of my heroes that I’ve mentioned before is the late Rev. Tom Johnstone. He was what you would call “self-educated.” He was a voracious reader who had a brilliant mind, but he did not leave us his thoughts in books. It’s a pity. One time I was visiting the Seniors’ residence, Shepherd Village in Toronto, calling on some of my “old” friends. I noticed a very distinguished looking man around 50 years old who was just leaving the building. I said to Joan Telford, the Administrator, “Who is that man?” She said, “Oh, he’s a Professor of Mathematics from the University of Toronto. He’s been visiting Tom Johnstone.” Tom would’ve been about 95 then. She went on to say, “There are a number of Professors who visit him regularly to learn from him.” Why was I not surprised? He had learned deeply in many subjects. I visited him also. He was a friend who had been like a Grandfather to our children. There is great and wise advice found in James 1:1-7.

Yours, asking for wisdom from God, knowing that according to James, I will not be turned down,

David

9 thoughts on “Friday, May 3, 2019

  1. Am learning lessons from the interaction of Jeroboam and Rehoboam also from the young and old prophet in the next chapter which I read this morning. And I asked myself the question, “How many lies have I listened to of the devil in my lifetime and didn’t realize it.” Lord give us wisdom as found in James 1:1-7 and discerning of spirits. Is my brother, Will’s(have given him a new name) birthday and he had a stroke 6 years ago and is in a wheelchair, also went to church at one time. Please say a prayer for him that God will do a new thing in his life. Thank you and God bless you. Hope you are having a good day.

    • We all make mistakes and have all been fooled.How many times in the past have I lied believing that what I was told to be the truth?Liars eventually betray themselves and they are often unaware of the fact so the only friends they have are of the same ilke….’birds of a feather….’ but beware of the psychopath for they are very good liars because they feel no guilt.Nuff said.
      I know the truth and He is Jesus and He will never lie to me.
      God bless
      Trust Me

      Trust Me,I know what I am doing,
      It’s not just your heart I am wooing
      But your soul is so dear to Me,
      I want you with Me for eternity.

      Even when your days are very bad,
      I share the load that makes you sad,
      So do not be angry with Me,
      You must trust in Me eternally.

      I love all my children most dearly,
      And in life I see you clearly,
      That is why you are on the Earth,
      It is a school and the grave is your birth.

      ‘I knew you before you were born’,
      I would never leave you forlorn,
      I know every hair on your head,
      Death is not for you to dread.

      Life is through my precious Son,
      A reward for when your day is done,
      So know that this is my gift to you
      And trust in Him your life through.
      G W (Bill) Marshall/.2011

    • God bless you Ger! we all have been lied to by the devil; HOWEVER we can rebuke the devil always and we have our Lord God Almighty with us ALL DAY ALL THE TIME, He understands us and we can simply turn to Him and say “Lord I am sorry, I got fooled again, forgive me and may the Holy Spirit lead me in the right direction; thank You Lord for ALWAYS understanding us and forgiving us and help us to be the children that God intended us to be, in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  2. Lord Jesus you are able to do even more than we ask, so I ask for Your Highest and best for Ger’s brother,, for Your intervention in his life; I ask for Your complete healing and the present reversal, from the stroke into complete health; I pray this in Your Holy Mighty Name, Jesus; Amen!!

  3. How sad , after such a great start Solomon had; to then for into a life of sin

    The error that carried on to the next generations.

    Prayed David’s prayer; and wise counsel in his Personal words; in this daily blog; David’s children all follow the right way in obedience to God’s word; following their parent’s good example.
    Also providing us with this legacy David left for us to be blessed with daily,
    Thank you Ron and Ann and Reynold!
    Have a blessed day all you bloggers!

  4. Praying for your brother, Ger. Praying for physical healing and above all, spiritual rebirth. May today be the birthday of his new life in Christ!

    God bless all of you, fellow saints.

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