June 7, 2020

Word of the day: 34-35 Then he ordered, “Gather my servants, then mount my son Solomon on my royal mule and lead him in procession down to Gihon. When you get there, Zadok, the priest, and Nathan, the prophet, will anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the ram’s horn trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ You will then accompany him as he enters and takes his place on my throne, succeeding me as your king. 1 Kings 1:34-35 MSG

Meditation: Think about the transition. Moving to a new house, a new position at your job, a volunteering role, or something personal you want to try new. What can you do for a smooth transition?

Discussion Board: David was not happy with the transition, especially when he learned that it was his son Adonijah. David was dying and needed a replacement for the king. One of the biggest things God asked Solomon what he wanted in a king was wisdom for the next king. As a king, you must learn fast. Understanding is your basic principles using common sense. After a king is official, leaders anoint them with oil. Anointing a new king, is showing respect and welcomes him. Kings still have a higher expectation of following the Lord and displaying leadership. Transitions have good moments and bad moments. It is up to us to make the best out of them. David made three different transitions as king (1 Samuel 16:13, Judah 2:4, and then 2 Samuel 5:3-5). Take the tools God gives you as you transform. There is nothing you can’t do as long as God is with you, and you allow him to provide you with knowledge. Someone that competes for a promotion may be younger or far more attractive. It is your skills, knowledge, wisdom that gets you the spot. Stick with God.

Takeaway: We all don’t like transitions, especially when we feel we are not qualified enough, or so we believe. God places us in spots for a reason. Not to humiliate us, but to embrace us. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for today. I pray for transitions that may be currently happening. Moving is terrifying because of a new environment. Promotions can be scary because of uncertainty. I pray we use you for knowledge and wisdom to gain confidence. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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