June 13, 2020
Word of the day: 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he gives us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:57-58 NLT
Meditation: Has someone abandoned you? How did you feel and what did you learn during that time?
Discussion Board: God’s presence (8:57), The desire to do God’s will in everything (8:58), help in everything (8:59), The willingness and ability to obey God’s decrees and commands (8:58), spreading God’s kingdom to the entire world (8:60). These are prayer requests Solomon gave when we pray. It’s in a pattern for prayers every day for anybody. God does not abandon us. Joshua had many challenges to lead over two million people to a strange land and conquering it. Problems will come our way. God reminds us he will never abandon us (1 Corinthians 10:13). With each situation, we can always ask God to point us in the right direction. We face challenges with difficult people and temptations. Being content is explained in the book of Hebrews. Relying on materialistic things tells God that he can’t take care of us. We should strive to live with less than more, give away out of abundance than accumulating, cherish what you have, not resent what you don’t have. Psalms 119:36 say, “turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” Do things in your self-interest towards God instead of doing things planned in your financial implications.
Takeaway: God reminds us he won’t abandon us. We can be pre-occupied with other objectives and not listen. Being quiet can help a lot with decision making. What are your takeaways?
Prayer: Father, thank you for our time of fellowship. Joshua faced many challenges with leading people to a new land. We have issues that most of us will not confront. For most, it is hard to face those issues and lead right. I pray we have faith to do what is right and be quiet when it is decision-making time. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.