Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 10 - 1 Kings 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Kings 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The first 19 verses give detail on the people to whom Solomon gave government positions.
  • Benaiah, mentioned in verse 4, was the subject of a series we did Verve called "Lion Chasers."
  • Way back God promised he would give Abraham and his descendants a certain area of land to call their own, here we see (like in verse 21) that God has fulfilled his promise.
  • verse 32: The book of Proverbs contains many of Solomon's proverbs. Proverbs are wise sayings. Bible writings Solomon also authored include Psalms 72 and 127, and the books of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs (sometimes called the Song of Solomon).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In the first part of Solomon's reign he sought God and applied godly wisdom. What was the result? Not only did Solomon do well, others influenced by his life were also blessed (which we see in verses 20 and 25). The same is true in our lives. When we seek God and apply HIs wisdom to our lives, we will be blessed. At the same time, the people we interact with and have influence over will also be blessed.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Where in your life are you seeking God and applying His wisdom? What (good) fruit do you see as a result of that? And where in your life are you not seeking God and applying HIs wisdom? What (bad) fruit do you see as a result of that? What decisions and what changes do you need to make today?