Studying The Text: 1 Kings 22:13‭-‬24

I must say that Bible reading is not an easy task where you use just your feelings to absorb the meaning of the texts. Reading the Bible is studying the Bible, it requires some technical aspects of it. Therefore, I am compelled to also journal the texts which I find needed further research to help me fully understand the passages and stay true to the correct way of interpreting the texts.

Instead of giving commentaries, I will just list down the site(s) I read as my references. Since I consider this blog as journal, I might want to read these entries again in the future and probably will want to recall where I read about the explanations to my queries.

What do I have to make about Micaiah’s vision?

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Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

Solomon’s Benediction, My Prayer

And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the Lord , be near to the Lord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”
1 Kings 8:55‭-‬61 ESV

As I read my Bible this morning, this passage Solomon’s Benediction, made an impression on me. However, I find it difficult to put into words my reflection on this. I feel that the text is too good to make coherent thoughts for a journal. Then it hit me, this is the kind of verses that I can pray. Solomon’s Benediction, teaches us specific things which we can appreciate God for and should ask Him for.

I admit that sometimes I do not know what to say in my prayers. I struggle with repeating the same phrases every prayer that often I feel it becomes a routine or a script. I do not know if it just me, but for me phrases used often have a tendency to lose its meaning, atleast to me.

With today’s reading the Bible, I thank the Lord for reminding me that I can use His Word to learn in my prayer life.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia


Dear Father God in Heaven,

Blessed are You Lord for You are the Lord who gives rest to His people, we can always rest in Your presence. Thank You Lord for You are a promise keeper, none of Your word fails since the ancient times up to my days, that’s why I can always hold on to Your promises. May You Lord be with me today as with Your faithful servants which You did not leave nor forsake. Lord, You hold my heart in Your hand, may You touch it that it will always walk in Your ways and keep Your commandments with obedience. I know Lord You have a purpose for me, empower me Lord for the purpose for which I am called. Help me that my life can be a testimony that there is a God like You who is sovereign. You alone deserve all the glory, honor and praise.

I pray these in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Short Reflection: To Love God Is To Honor Him & Obey His Will

Background: Solomon blessed the Lord after the temple was built.

But the Lord said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’
1 Kings 8:18‭-‬19 ESV

This passage speaks to me that when we have relationship with God, the overflow of God’s grace in our lives causes our hearts to honor Him more. And God sees and honors back the desires of our heart for Him. However, His plans are anchored on His sovereignty and these sure will always come to pass. Even David was a man after God’s heart, it was Solomon his son whom God willed to build the temple.

The love of the Lord should always comes with surrendering to His perfect will.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

Godly Wisdom

David had passed away and Solomon had been established as king of Israel. And in a dream, God asked Solomon what should He give him.

And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
1 Kings 3:7‭-‬12 ESV

As I reflect on this passage, I realize to always ask for wisdom in my prayers as it pleases God. Not the kind of wisdom that ensures that the outcome of my decisions will lead to my favor or advantage but the kind of wisdom which accomplishes God’s will and glorifies Him in the process. The former serves selfishness while the later springs from surrender – godly wisdom.

I’m not a king like Solomon but God entrusted me stewardship of His resources. I need to be discerning in dealing with my finances, usage of my possessions and the people He places in my life. There are many times that I regret my decisions because I fail to ask for godly wisdom. I fail to ask because I feel that my own wisdom is sufficient and I do not have enough time to wait on God. However, as Solomon also demonstrated, I need to humble myself that I cannot on my own will be able manage what God has entrusted me without His very help.

Aside from what I mentioned above, God had given me a new life thru and in Jesus Christ. Jesus already worked on my salvation and justification, now that He is leading me in the process of sanctification, my responsibility is to guard my heart from sinning. To do this, I need godly wisdom so I can discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit on every temptation. God is right that wisdom is more important than long life and riches because these two cannot add value to the health of my soul. Godly wisdom is a cure to a deceitful heart.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia