Take a journey with me. A journey unlike most I take. Most of the times I go somewhere, I’m in a hurry – so intent on getting to the destination that I don’t take the time to enjoy the scenery during my time spent travelling. I’m not just talking about my trips back to South Dakota to visit relatives or other road trips I take with my family, but also the journey I take through God’s Word. So often I have rushed through it, trying to read as much as I can to make sure I can keep up with my daily through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan.
Don’t get me wrong, those reading plans are great; any time we are in God’s Word it is a good thing. I’ve read through the Bible in a year a couple of times, and I learned a lot. But so often I became focused on the destination that I was distracted from enjoying the journey. I focused too much on checking another book off the list, and spent too little time considering what God was saying through that book of the Bible.
Recently I’ve started reading the Bible in smaller chunks, just a dozen or so verses at a time, but reading them a couple times, slowing down to contemplate on them, meditate on them, and to let the Holy Spirit talk to me through them. Not focusing so much on the destination, but enjoying the journey.
But taking this enjoyable journey by myself is, well, kind of lonely. I need some company. I want you to join in with me. Stop back here each weekday as we read through a book from God’s Word, a chapter or less each day, with a few thoughts from me as well. Remember, your comments are always welcome!
In His Peace,
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Have ever had one of those days, when you would start on something five times, but then get distracted? That happened to me as I was getting this ready yesterday. Tuesday’s devo should also be out later tonight.
Before David dies, he speaks to Solomon about a couple things. First was to continue to walk in the ways of the LORD, and second was to watch out for the enemies of David. David was not so much vengeful towards those who had hurt him, but protective of Solomon from those who might try to take the kingdom away from him.
First to deal with after David’s death is Adonijah, who tried to gain power by deception. He requested to have Abishag as his wife. Abishag was the young lady who was assigned to keep David warm at night in his old age. By taking Abishag as his wife, Adonijah would be showing himself to be the rightful king, by taking David’s concubine as his own (yes, it was a bizarre ancient custom). Solomon refuses the request, sees it for what it is, and orders Adonijah killed. Other allies of Adonijah were also sent away or killed.
God granted Solomon wisdom in dealing with his enemies. Notice that he offered them all a chance live under his rule, but they refused, and the result of that refusal was death. God used Solomon’s wisdom to help establish him as king of Israel.
David quickly works to right the wrong of Adonijah’s self promotion to king. He calls together his inner circle, and sets in place plans that would place Solomon on the throne with his blessings. And with David approval of the Solomon came the respect and blessing of the people, and the rejoicing was so great that the ground shook.
When Adonijah and his party heard what was happening, the people quickly left, since they were afraid of being associated with one who wrongly tried to take the throne. Adonijah went to the altar to beg for mercy (see Exodus 21:12-13). Solomon gave him an option: if you live as a worthy man, you will live. If you are evil, you will die. This episode with Adonijah is not yet over…
What if we were given that option? Be good and live, or do evil and die. We might be good for a while, but sooner or later the evil one will tempt us to do wrong. Jesus did what we couldn’t. He was good, yet he died, so WE could live. He is our amazing Savior!