1 Kings 20:1-43 Sometimes we say, ‘I can’t’, when we mean, ‘I won’t’! We are ‘busy here and there’- too busy for God, for doing His will, for obeying His Word. Is this a case of ‘I can’t’? No! It is ‘I won’t’. We choose. We decide how we will use our time. God looks […]Read More Our strength is not in ourselves. It is in the Lord.
1 Kings 22:15-53 Ahab’s repentance (21:27) didn’t last long! He continued to live in sin (22:8). He died in shame (37-38). Ahab’s son – Ahaziah – was just like his father – ‘a chip off the old block’: ‘He … provoked the Lord, the God of Israel to anger in every way that his father […]Read More Let us pray, “Our Father in heaven … Your will be done.”
1 Kings 6:14-7:12 Solomon took seven years to build ‘the House of the Lord’ and ‘thirteen years’ to build ‘his own house’(6:37-7:1)! What are we to make of this? Are we more concerned with pleasing ourselves or serving God? Is our life more self-centred than God-centred? These are important questions. They are questions which we […]Read More Pleasing Ourselves Or Serving God?
The throne is handed on to Solomon by David. This is seen as part of the ongoing purpose of God: “Praise the Lord God of Israel who has let me see the heir to my throne” (1 Kings 1:48). The kingship was given to Solomon by “the Lord” (1 Kings 2:15) – “The Lord set […]Read More Learning From 1 Kings
1 Kings 21:1-22:14 We read of human sin and divine judgment (21:1-4,15-16,20-24). There is also something else here: the mercy of God – ‘Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days…’(29). The judgment of God will come – but not yet. It is held back by the […]Read More “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”
“A man of God” (1 Kings 13:1). There are many things that we can be – a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a neighbour, a worker … Surely, this is the greatest – “a man of God”! To be known, first and foremost, as a man of God is both a great privilege […]Read More A man of God
1:1-53 – David’s reign was coming to an end. He would be replaced by Solomon (30). No one goes on forever. Every day takes us one day closer to the day of stepping down and handing over to someone else. We must pray that the future will be ‘greater’ than the past (37,47). Some kings […]Read More 1 Kings 1-4