Happy BD, Ihi-Kapihi!
Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 CSB
1 Kings 3
3 Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the statutes of his father David, but…Lord, keep me from the “buts”! Solomon answered wisely understanding between good and evil is a sign of maturity and desiring the ability to deliver justice (righteously). This pleased the Lord. When You ask me questions Lord, do my answers please You? Seeking God always adds blessing as it did Solomon when he asked this of God. My God loves to bless His children! May Your wisdom be in me Lord to carry forth justice.
God saves me out of all of my troubles. Sin requires discipline and receives consequences. I have been thinking a lot about unintended consequences when we don’t ask God and live by His ways. And the other side of the coin is that we receive great unintended blessing when we do live His way! The Lord brings me health and heals the wounds! I certainly don’t understand all of the Lord’s actions but He lets us know in time we will have that understanding. This works for me! Who am I to question God and His ways especially when I know His plans for me are always for good and never for evil?
This is the Lord’s declaration. 22 You will be my people, and I will be your God.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 CSB
1 Kings 2
3 and keep your obligation to the Lord your God to walk in his ways and to keep his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees. This is written in the law of Moses, so that you will have success in everything you do and wherever you turn,
Several things have my attention in this chapter. The first is that Solomon knew the promise of God about David’s kingdom being forever and repeated it several times. This of course comes to pass with our Lord ruling and reigning forever through David’s lineage. Second, Solomon carried out the promises to David as David asked. Third, God’s expectation is that His leaders live righteously and not act out in evil when they think it suits them or if they think they are justified. This just doesn’t make it with God. It is so important I obey and not just when I “feel” like it or think it will be to my advantage. My heart must be always in love with my God as the motivator for my actions. This makes all the difference in producing good or bad fruit.
11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place from which I deported you.”
This is one of the MANY GREAT passages in our Word from God and I certainly receive this as a personal promise!
It is interesting to me that so often in scripture sexual sin accompanies disobedience to the Lord.
I worked as a waitress for a time in Colorado. I remember making a suggestion to one of the owners (not a nice man in my opinion) and his response was, “I don’t pay you to think, I pay you to work”. Well, my Lord is never ever crude but the reality is that if I belong to Him and He is truly my Lord then my priority is to obey His commands no matter what I think. By the way, it was an unusual moment for me because I was speechless and that doesn’t happen very often!