Day 146

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II Chronicles 8:1-18, I Kings 9:15-10:13, II Chronicles 9:1-12, I Kings 10:14-29,
II Chronicles 9:13-28, II Chronicles 1:14-17

Alison Hopkins
Specifically II Chronicles 8:12
King Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country. Recently, our family was blessed to travel to Haiti with a group of wonderful servants from our church. We were all there to help run medical clinics around Port- au- Prince. We brought pills, lotions, bandages and our collective medical “expertise.” Each day we loaded the above and ourselves on school busses (the modern day version of the camel caravan!) and headed out to share our wealth and wisdom. However, just like the Queen of Sheba, we were given more than we had brought. We received joy, patience, gratitude, sacrifice, humility, and kindness in exchange for Tylenol, Vagisil, band aids, and deworming medication. As a bonus, we also came home with new friends and a new perspective.
Sometimes I struggle finding relevance in these Old Testament readings. All the lists of names, places, gold, horses, chariots, jewels, etc. are easy to skip over. I am reminded, however, that this is often the way I count my own blessings. I am ashamed that it takes a visit to another country to appreciate the other gifts God is constantly supplying in abundance!

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks Alison,
    God has a way of opening our eyes as to how blessed we really are when we serve others that we perceive as less fortunate and we learn about true faith and humble worship. Your devotion displays an enlightened perspective that we can all learn from.

  2. Thank You, Father, that Your economy is not like the world’s economy.
    Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    Your abundance will never be depleted. You will always have more than enough for those who seek to please You. Be glorified in all that You provide for us to give. Amen.

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