Scripture: 1 Kings 1-2; Psalm 37/71/94. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As David was laying weak and feeble and at the end of his days, his son Adonijah crowned himself king outside of Jerusalem. When David heard the news, he declared that his son Solomon was to be the king of Israel. Solomon was anointed king at Gihon. Adonijah was not God’s choice to succeed David. When Adonijah was confronted by Solomon, he clung to the corner posts of the alter of burnt offering. Solomon spared Adonijah’s life and sent him home, hoping that it would end his conspiracy; however, later, Adonijah was executed. Joab was also executed for punishment. David stressed to Solomon that he needed to make God’s laws the center of his life and government in order to preserve the nation, as God had promised. Abiathar and Joab were the key men when David was king; however, when they conspired against Solomon, they were replaced with Zadok and Benaiah. David passed away around the age of 70. Today’s three psalms speak about trusting in the Lord and waiting patiently for Him, God’s constant help in our lives, and how God will keep His people from the punishment for the wicked. Follow along in 1 Kings 1-2; Psalm 37/71/94!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Adonijah took it upon himself to make himself ruler. It was God’s will to make Solomon king after David. Nathan, the prophet, had learned of Adonijah’s conspiracy, and he immediately tried to stop it. If we find ourselves in situations where we are able to do the right thing and help, we must continue forward. We must take the action needed to correct the situation, especially when we know what the right thing to do is in God’s eyes. We must always consider what God wants in our lives first before taking action, always seeking God’s guidance. We should never envy the evil people of the world, for one day, we will have far greater treasures in heaven. Committing ourselves to God means completely trusting every single thing in our lives to His control and guidance. Anger and worry are two destructive emotions that allow us to dwell on our problems in life. Instead, we should lay our worries, fears, and troubles at Jesus’ feet. When we concentrate on God and His goodness, we will find peace. God will direct our ways in life; we just must be sure to ask for His guidance before stepping out. God wants us to help those people who are in need. Our lives are a testimony of what God has done for us. When we remember and focus on all that God has done and is doing for us, it will help us see the consistency of His love and grace throughout the years, trust Him for the future, and share with others how loving and amazing our God is. God will punish us when He needs to; He punishes us to help us. When God corrects us, we can accept it as proof of His love for us. He wants us to follow His paths instead of our own, for He knows what is best for us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Please help us to put our faith and trust in Your strength instead of our own. Help us to put You as first priority in our lives, placing You as our foundation in all of life’s work. Help us to treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.