If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 1 Kings 10, Philippians 1, Ezekiel 40, Psalm 91. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read 1 Kings 10.
I had an unusually busy day today, so here’s just a brief thought about today’s reading. At the end of her visit with Solomon, the queen of Sheba said, “How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.” She said this because she not only met and talked with Solomon, but she watched him administrate the growing kingdom of Israel. Solomon’s great success, however, had not gone to his head. At this point in his life, he must have been humble, deflecting the credit away from himself and giving glory to God for all the wisdom that God had given him. The result of Solomon’s humility was both that God was glorified and that the people of Israel were happy. Whenever we live to serve rather than be served and give the credit to God instead of taking it for ourselves, the happiness of everyone around us is enhanced because we are leading in the way that God blesses.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.