"Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 1 Kings 17:3
God took care of His servant Elijah in very unusual ways. A raven. A widow. (A poor Gentile widow at that!) The rest of the country was in trouble because of their disobedience, but God cared for Elijah… and God cared for the widow that cared for Elijah… it’s a great account.
I love it! There’s so much to say here, but I’m needing to get going… so I’ll just say, now I’m singing…
Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
This Psalm came to mind today thinking about the turn our country has taken. God who sits in the heavens laughs at man’s rebellion! Our rulers think they are something. He mocks them. He has a plan for history that He will carry out. His Son will rule. Be wise. Be warned. Better to be in league with the Son than against Him! Kiss the Son!
"I am the Alpha and the Omega,
Jesus is coming! Perhaps today, Lord?
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, "You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
Solomon’s heart turned away from God because of women. He chose the women over the Lord. It may have looked good in the temporary, but was a bad choice! There were severe consequences Solomon. Watch your heart!
This verse came immediately to mind this morning. It is a good reminder and an important warning.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
The world is passing away. That's good to remember. Live for the eternal. A good prayer for life: Help me to love what You love, and hate what You hate.
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her. And she said to the king, "The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. 1Kings 10:4-7
I love this section of scripture. The Queen of Sheba came to check out for herself the report she heard about King Solomon. She sees for herself and says, “the half was not told me.” It was beyond her wildest dreams!
I find this true about the Lord Jesus. People have told me about the Lord Jesus but as I get to know Him, the half has not been told me. He is better than what I have been told!
When we get to heaven and see the glories we heard about, we will say “the half was not told me.” Wow! This is better than my wildest dreams!
So today I’m singing!
To Jesus every day I find my heart is closer drawn,
Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised.
This reminded me of:
Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. Joshua 21:45 (Joshua’s last message to the people.)
God’s word doesn’t fail.
His promises are true.
He is faithful and true.
He can be completely relied on!
His past faithfulness is a guarantee of future faithfulness.
I LOVE this about the Lord!
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
Today in my reading Solomon is building his house and buildings related and God’s house and then furnishing it all. It took him 13 years to build his house. This was an amazing place. I love reading this stuff. He brought in Hiram:
And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. I Kings 7:15
I love all the details about windows and lattices of checker work and on and on. Pots and pillars. Very artistic. Very specific.
A few random thoughts today:
The skill God gives us is from Him and should be used for Him!
Artistry is from God.
God is interested in the details. (Just look at creation.)
Solomon finished the work even though it took years!
Jesus finished His work.
We should finish the work He gives us to do.
If God is so interested in the details in Solomon’s temple on earth… think about the glories of heaven!
Oh boy, Can’t wait!
Today is Father's Day. The greatest thing my dad taught me was that Calvary covers it all! He was a worshiper and this morning I get to go remember the Lord Jesus. What a privilege! I'm so grateful!
Here are a few of the things I appreciate about my dad in no particular order.
His love of thunder storms. (That’s first because I’m watching spectacular lightning right now. He used to sit me on his lap and we would watch the storms roll in. I often think about how he would have loved the view from where I live now!)
His love of my mother.
His love of the Lord Jesus.
His being moved to tears at God's love for him.
His love of the Word of God.
His teaching me about my heavenly Father.
His leading me to the Lord Jesus.
His looking forward to the Lord's coming.
His unconditional love.
His sweet sweet smile.
His skipping with me.
His ability to take every opportunity for the gospel.
His almost last words to me, "Nancy take care of your mother."
His messages that I can still hear on Voices for Christ.
His favorite song.
Fairest of all the earth beside,
I miss him so so much! Looking forward to the grand reunion! Even so come Lord Jesus!
Below are a few previously unpublished photos... LOL!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!