From Handbook to Scripture, Day 96
READING: 1 KINGS 11
The tragic contrast between chapters 10 and 11 could not be greater. Up until this point, Solomon demonstrated a heart for the Lord, but the seeds of his own downfall were beginning to spread as he sought to multiply horses, wives, and wealth in violation of the mandate for kings in Deuteronomy 17:14–20. Ironically, this wisest of men became a fool in his later years by succumbing to idolatry through the influence of his foreign wives. When Solomon turned his heart away from the Lord to other gods, the Lord told him that He would tear the northern kingdom away from his progeny. In addition, the Lord began to raise up foreign adversaries against Solomon, and Solomon’s servant Jeroboam also rebelled against him.
Prayer: Lord, it is easy to see the seeds of destruction in the tragic story of Solomon, but I ask that You would show me those subtle forces and patterns in my own life that could lead to my own downfall if I do not cling to You and remain faithful to You.
Meditation passage: verses 4, 9–10
For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. (verse 4)
Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not observe what the Lord had commanded. (verse 9–10)
From Simple Prayers, Day 96
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, You have invited me to pray for the needs of others, and since You desire what is best for them, I take this opportunity to bring these requests to You.
God be gracious to us and bless us,
And make His face shine upon us;
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations. (Psalm 67:1–2)
Help me, O God of my salvation, for the glory of Your name;
Deliver me and forgive my sins for Your name’s sake. (Psalm 79:9)
Take a moment to lift up the needs of your family and friends, and to offer up any other burdens for others that the Lord brings to mind.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the counsel of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
The Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the summits of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep under His care. (Psalm 95:3–5, 7)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Glory in the holy name of the Lord; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced. (1 Chronicles 16:10–12)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)
You have called me to go and proclaim the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:60)
Lord, I thank You that Your counsel will stand and that Your dominion extends to the ends of the earth. I thank You for Your wonderful works, and I ask for the power to proclaim Your kingdom.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 96 (Promises)
All who trust in Jesus have life in His name.
I believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God,
and by believing, I have life in His name.
Lord, thank You for the grace You have shown me by drawing me to Jesus and enabling me to trust in Him for the hope of eternal life. I have transferred my trust from the futility of my own works to the perfection of His life in me. He is the Anointed One who came to take away the sin of the world. Amen.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.