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11/02/2023 - 12/02/2023 All day

"But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15).

Solomon, the son of King David would certainly have made his father proud for fullfiling his dream of building a Temple for the Lord, which had long been his father's dream. While both had a deep reverence of God there is though an aspect where father and son deferred, a matter worth our today's reflection.

Once after the ark of God had been brought back to Jerusalem, King David could not contain his joy. An expressive man right at the spur of the moment he tore loose to join the festivities. Far off his Queen, Micah, the daughter of King Saul, glanced at him with contempt. Concerned more about how the world perceived the King than God, once she met David in the hallway she scoffed at him: "How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” (2 Samuel 6:20).

David, at the receiving end, did not lose a moment. "I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this(vv 20-21). In other words, David was not about to be swayed from God even by someone so close to him!

Yet on the other hand consider this: As ''Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been" (1 Kings 11:4). Where the father held steadfast to the things of God, the son let himself be swept away because of his many other dubious relations.

King David is known as a "man with a heart after God!" If it came to make a choice and the case was clearly not of God, his position was already clear. That is the spirit we all need to take us far with God.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a choice to serve you or seek the adoration of man, I pray that my heart is always absolutely devoted to you, this I pray in Jesus' name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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