Day 157

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I Kings 11:1-43, II Chronicles 9:29-31 and Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Debbie Lemery

In the scripture readings today, we look at King Solomon, son of King David, who is considered to be the wisest and richest man that ever lived.  1 Kings and 2 Chronicles talks about him, and when we go to Ecclesiastes he is the author, and this is what I would like to reference.

When I first read it to prepare for this devotional, I thought, “well those are happy thoughts,” but as I read it again and again some things did come to mind. How do we relate to these verses today? I discovered there is so much that we do over and over and over again on a daily basis. Women have endless tasks: always more dishes, laundry  and rooms to clean. It truly is never-ending and can feel meaningless. Children and grand-children to take care of, all the hats we wear in a day sometimes seems wearisome, like vs.8 says in the NIV.

Men (and women too!) work all day and get home and there is more work to do; the list is long. So what do we do as we live our daily lives under the sun? As believers we need to remember to live in the Son because He does not leave us under the sun. He brings purpose and significance into our everyday lives. The Bible makes it clear that apart from Jesus Christ life can be disappointing and meaningless. We have hope in a Savior that frees us from this world and promises us eternal life with Him. We have meaning because of Him, and our daily lives should be lived reflecting that He always remembers us and loves us with an everlasting love.

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3 responses »

  1. Thanks Debbie,

    So true. Without Christ and the hope that He instills in us, life would be meaningless. All the seemingly mundane tasks serve as daily tests to see if we will endure and remain faithful. People are watching, nonbelievers & discouraged believers alike. Our attitude & behavior should reflect the hope that we have in Christ and what we encounter in this life serves as a preparation for the rest of eternity with our Savior. When we focus on what Jesus went through for us, we can joyfully endure any task we have in front of us. Our Joyful approach to these repetitious activities will serve as an inspiration to those around us and make them want what we have. It’s not so much what we’re doing as it’s how we’re doing it. It is He that is in us that people will gravitate to so we should be prepared to give witness of all he has done for us.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

    There is one Master that we ultimately serve so I look at it like I’m working for the Lord and who signs my paycheck is irrelevant. We are all in a mission field, where ever we are and in what ever we’re doing. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!!!

  2. Solomon had everything, vast riches, a kingdom, power, more than enough women to meet his every need yet his life was meaningless. All that he “had” was like chasing after the wind. He was restless. Peace and contentment eluded him. Was it because he lacked one vital thing? He lacked an undivided heart. In his disobedience, nothing could satisfy him. He did not live out the wisdom that he “knew” from his own Proverbs. Father, help me to be a doer of your Word and not just gain knowledge. Real happiness, peace and contentment is found in obedience to You. Thank You.

  3. This part of Solomon’s life clearly shows the depravity of mankind. With all of the blessings from God that Solomon had, let’s say he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he received the gift of wisdom unlike anyone ever born, even with all this wisdom he was unable to escape the power of sin and the evil one.

    There is only one person in all of creation that is and has been without sin, our Lord Jesus Christ.

    We are all born into sin and we fall into the trap in many different ways even though our intentions are good. The great news here is that God shows His great mercy to those He loves. Yes, He Loves sinners and has provided the payment for sin so we can have communion directly with God and experience His presence. In Solomon’s wisdom he clearly understood the need for a Kinsman Redeemer and although thankful that he was not stripped of everything, certainly his heart was broken and overwhelmed with grief knowing that his son would soon suffer because of the father’s sin.

    Lord Jesus, may we take heart of this lesson in Solomon’s life and be faithful to you seeking you daily, walking in obedience, and living humbly before you. Thank you for being my Lord and forgiving my sins and sin, blessing me with the assurance of living eternally with you in your presence with my fellow Christians who continue to sharpen me.

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