1 Kings 10-11, Luke 23
To show such humility,
Mercy, and love even while being literally killed by your enemies is the epitome of Jesus and the Christian life. Asking for forgiveness for the ones who are killing you because they don’t know what they’re doing. Wow.
34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” -ellie
6-9She said to the king, “It’s all true! Your reputation for accomplishment and wisdom that reached all the way to my country is confirmed. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself; they didn’t exaggerate! Such wisdom and elegance—far more than I could ever have imagined. Lucky the men and women who work for you, getting to be around you every day and hear your wise words firsthand! And blessed be God, your God, who took such a liking to you and made you king. Clearly, God’s love for Israel is behind this, making you king to keep a just order and nurture a God-pleasing people.”
Like the criminal crucified with Jesus may we also fear God and look to the kingdom of our Lord that is coming.
Reading 1 Kings 10:1 led me to think about my business and how I am operating it. What is my purpose? Who am I doing it for? Everything I do must be to bring God all the glory. The passage says clearly that Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame which BROUGHT HONOUR TO THE NAME OF THE LORD.
Everything I do must bring honour to the name of the Lord.
It’s sad that later on Solomon turns away from the Lord. Mainly because of the woman that he married. How is it that the wisest man in the world, who got his wisdom from God ended up like this. We must stay close to God. My prayer is that my husband is strong in the Lord and has a heart for God.
Phillippa, I look forward to hearing your thoughts each day!
Phillippa, I look forward to hearing from you each day!
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I’ve been asking myself if someone came to me to learn about the greatness of God, like the Queen of Sheba, would they leave forever changed like she did? If not, it it because I don’t know him well enough to speak on his greatness?
I ask myself that question quite a bit. I went to church as a child, but my parents did not continue with it. I recently made the personal decision to go back. I fell in love all over again. I’m trying to learn so much, but it a lot to take in. And I wonder would I be worthy enough to spread God’s message and change the lives of others. It’s a scary question to ask yourself.
Darlisha and Jordan– Both of your lives have been changed by the gospel therefore your testimonies are beautiful and WILL be used by God to show others the goodness of Christ and the majesty of His kingdom. Whether you’re a new Christian or someone who has been following Jesus for 50 years, God uses all of us as vessels to tell others about Him and to display His grace and truth. Your testimonies are unique and special and you both are 100% worthy to share with others what God has done in your life and how He loves His people. Don’t let that lie fill your mind that you don’t know enough to share the gospel–that is not true! God has transformed your life through Jesus and THAT is all you need to tell others about Him. Sorry for rambling–I just saw your posts and knew I needed to encourage you both of how loved and important you both are in being vessels to further the kingdom in His name!
Isn’t it so amazing how much Solomon acquired after he originally asked for his wisdom. Today I truly realized seeking God is what brings “things” to us. I am recently married, and combining households and bills has drained us financially. This hit me so hard. The “stuff” will come when we focus on what is important and give those problems to God. And that “stuff” will fulfill everything we need and more! Satisfaction comes through Heaven.
I love this reflection , Courtney.
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