Devotional for Monday March 5th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.” 2 Chronicles 1:1 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “Don’t get casual and lazy”

 

Solomon started out so well. He was a young man with great responsibilities and he knew he needed the Lord. 2 Chronicles 1:1 begins by telling us that Solomon was great because God was with him and it was God who made him great.

 

Just a few paragraphs later we discover why God blessed Solomon so much. In verse 7 God encouraged Solomon to ask for anything he wanted. In verse 10 Solomon then prayed, “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” To that God responded in verses 11-12, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever hand and none after you will have.”

 

Solomon had the virtue of humility. Even though he had been raised in wealth and splendor, and even though he had now been elevated to the highest position of authority in the land, he did not think too highly of himself and he earnestly sought the Lord. His desire was to simply honor God and to take good care of His people. God responded by blessing Solomon’s socks off. He gave Solomon the wisdom and knowledge he needed in order to be a good leader, and then He blessed him abundantly beyond that.

 

Sadly Solomon’s humility and devotion to the Lord didn’t last. Over time Solomon got casual and lazy. His descent into a life of conspicuous consumption and lasciviousness is recorded for us in the books of 1 Kings Chapters 10 and 11, and in the book of Ecclesiastes. He lavished upon himself every conceivable creature comfort and pleasure. He squandered the Lord’s resources and put a terrible burden on the people. He married 700 wives and had 300 concubines. And worst of all, he began worshipping foreign gods.

 

Finally it was too much for God. In 1 Kings 11:9 we read, “The Lord became angry with Solomon … “ 11:14 says, “Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary …” 11:23 goes on, “And God raised up against Solomon another adversary …” And then in 11:31 we read, “The Lord, the God of Israel says, ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand …”

 

And that is what happened. The blessing became a curse and his life became a mess. The entire book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon in his old age lamenting his stupidity for ever drifting away from the Lord.

 

Solomon started out as a virtuous and godly young man but as he aged he got casual and lazy – and then he started to drift. Soon he was living in ways he never would have imagined and he ended his life in sorrow and disgrace.

 

Being virtuous is a good thing. Remaining virtuous is vital. Don’t allow yourself to get casual and lazy in the practice of your faith. Stay faithful and continue to enjoy God’s blessings upon your life.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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