March 23, 2017
2 Chronicles 8
Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
LET IT GLOW
Where is this country road leading me today, Lord Jesus? This morning it lead me to town, as I took Rose's daughter to work, while she is in the hospital recovering room surgery. Later, it will lead me to a bookstore so I can pick up VBS shirts for teachers. And, I hope to minister to people along the way. Lead me, to where You want me to go for Your kingdom work, Jesus. Direct my steps and words today. Where is your road leading you today?
Solomon had built roads in his kingdom. Let's see where they lead.
Solomon accomplished much in his 24 year reign as king over Israel. He spent 20 of those years building the Temple (7) and his palace (13). He had other building projects-cities, highways, houses.
In 1 Kings , we read of Solomon selling 20 cities in Galilee to Hiram in exchange for gold (about 4.5 ton. Later, Hiram gave the towns back to Solomon because the cities did not meet his approval (verse 2 in chapter 8):
- Megiddo was a city guarding a crucial pass in the Carmel mountains, linking the valley of Jezereel and the international coastal highway to Egypt.
- Gezer, located about 20 west of Jerusalem, lay in the coastal plain at the intersection of the coastal highway and the main road to Jerusalem.
- Lower Beth Horon, about 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem, along a road connecting Gibeon with western lowlands and providing a western approach to Jerusalem.
- There were storage cities for storing food; cities for the king's chariots. They were probably located along key roads throughout the nation. (The MacArthur Bible Commentary)
LET IT GROW
Solomon had a house built for his wife, the Pharaoh's daughter. Their marriage secured a good relationship with Egypt. He knew it was not right for her to live in the house that David had lived, nor be close to the Temple and Ark of Covenant. See, she was a pagan who worshiped idols. To beat all, Solomon knew his pagan marriage did not please God. All those foreign wives he had were contrary to God's laws (Deut. 7:3-4). Eventually, they caused Solomon's down fall-idol worship replaced worship of God.
We need to be careful in that one area of our life not surrendered to God, for it can led to our down fall into sin. Are we guarding our relationships? Don't let sin have a foothold. Always be on the guard even against the appearance of evil.
LET IT GO
...of my will for today, and follow God's will.
...and protect myself from any appearance of evil.
... and stay on the straight and narrow road.