May 25, 2016
1 Kings 4-Part 2
LET IT GLOW
Are we content with food and drink? With all the things we have? Soon it will be 10 years since we moved into this little house. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for it, but would like to have a bigger one. We only have 1 bathroom and no room for guest to stay overnight. In time, it will come. Meanwhile, I will be grateful. Israel was content with what they had at this time.
Verse 20 tells us two of the blessings God has given Israel:
- The people of Judah and Israel were a numerous a the sand on the seashore.
- They were very contented with plenty to eat and drink.
Last month we went to visit my sister and family who live in Florida. We were able to go to the beach a couple of times to pick up shells. I had not seen the white sand before and thought how pretty it was, yet difficult to walk in to get to the water. I never gave thought as to how many grains of sand were there, as far as I could see down the coastline. Wow! They were too numerous to count. So Abraham's family, Jews and Gentile believers alike, are down through the ages were and are too numerous to count like grains of sand.
Israel and Judah were content with what they had to eat and drink, since there was plenty available. I think of a time when they were not, back during their treck in the wilderness with Moses. They complained about the manna and longed for leaks and onions.
Are we content with what the Lord has given us? In Hebrews 13:5 are instructed to be content in what things we have.
Are we, do we, can we, be content? It seems to be rare now days.
LET IT GROW
How is Solomon's prosperity measured?
- His empire grew in vast land, from the Euphrates River to Gaza.
- There was peace on all the borders; during his lifetime, all lived in peace and safety.
- Kingdoms served him by bringing tribute or presents.
- In verse 22 we read of the vast amount of daily food consumed in just Solomon's palace.
- Each family owned their home and garden. (They lived under their own grapevine and under its own fig tree.)
- Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses and 12,000 horses.
- The district governors faithfully provided food for King Solomon and his court, and nothing was lacking.
- Also, they gave barley and straw for the royal horses in the stables.
- God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. e was wiser than anyone.
- Solomon's fame spread throughout al the surrounding nations.
- He composed 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.
- He spoke with authority about all kinds of plants, animals, bird, small creatures, and fish.
- Nations sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.
Isn't it rather easy to be content when we are prosperous, things are going our way? Paul was content in all situations because Jesus was with him. A lesson for us to learn, huh?
LET IT GO
Ask God for wisdom when I need it.
Thank Him for blessings.
Be content in prosperous and poor times.