Day 12 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament
Day  12 | IF YOU WILL…

1 Kings 9:4-5
“As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: ‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’” 

As with 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings were originally just one book – “Book of Kings” – in the Hebrew Bible.

This 1st book of Kings opens with the final days of David’s life, and Solomon – his son by Bathsheba – becomes the next King of Israel.

King Solomon is remembered for being the wisest man of his time… perhaps of any time. As we will see later in this 40-Day Series, he contributed much to our Bibles.   Additionally, Solomon was arguably the wealthiest man of his time. He enjoyed God’s favor in many ways, yet he tarnished that legacy by being unfaithful to God later in life. Solomon ignored God’s command in Deuteronomy 17:17 – “The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord.”

Solomon sinned and married many foreign women, and thus we read: “When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods” (1 Kings 11:4). Solomon then began to rely on his wealth, his strong army, his connections, and his wisdom instead of the LORD who gave them all to Him.
Today – especially in places like America – many focus on all that we have, the blessings, the gifts, and tend to forget the gift-Giver and Source for all we have.

Solomon’s failure made God angry and thus, upon his death, the Lord allowed Israel to be broken into two kingdoms – Israel and Judah.

Ask yourself: How often have you done the same and ignored direct commands from the Lord? How often have you been guilty of NOT thanking the LORD for His blessings in your life?

Prayer – LORD, I acknowledge YOU as the giver of everything good that I have in my life.  Thank You, thank You. Amen.