Daily Devotional

Self-Service Lifestyle

Self-Service Lifestyle

As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word. (1 Kings 17:1) WHEN SELF-SERVICE GAS STATIONS replaced full-service ones, the customer-proprietor relationship changed. Even though the...
Universal Knowledge of God

Universal Knowledge of God

That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. (Ps. 67:2) ADOLP HITLER’S WAR MACHINE was revved up and ready to storm across Europe. It was 1939, the year Great Britain found itself at war with Nazi Germany. It was also the year my parents,...
From Hero to Zero

From Hero to Zero

You have done more evil than all who lived before you. (1 Kings 14:9) SHORTLY AFTER BECOMING A CHRISTIAN I learned about a prominent Canadian evangelist who had kicked over the faith he once proclaimed clearly and forcefully. He embraced atheism, wrote newspaper...
Character Check

Character Check

You have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. (1Kings 14:8) DAVID AND JEROBOAM were both kings, but the similarity ends there. Their characters were vastly different. David had...
Accept No Substitute for True Worship!

Accept No Substitute for True Worship!

One [idol] he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. (1 Kings 12:29) JEROBOAM WAS CRAFTY. He knew if the Israelites slipped out of the country to worship in Jerusalem, the place God had designated for true worship, they would soon become King Rehoboam’s subjects. So...
Worry, Worry, Worry!

Worry, Worry, Worry!

Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.” (1 Kings 12:26) WHEN IN TROUBLE, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout! Jeroboam wasn’t quite in the panic mode, but he was close. He worried that the people of Israel...
The High Cost of Disobedience

The High Cost of Disobedience

I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped [false gods] and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes. (1 Kings 11:33) MY SCOTTISH FATHER was a strict disciplinarian. When I was a kid and disobeyed him, he spanked me. That was...
Misplaced Confidence

Misplaced Confidence

When Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the house of Joseph. (1 Kings 11:28) BERNIE MADOFF GAINED THE CONFIDENCE of numerous investors, including celebrities Steven Spielberg and Kevin Bacon. Perhaps the...
From Fire to Abundance

From Fire to Abundance

You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. (Ps. 66:12) FIRE IS FASCINATING. It can give us light, heat, or even nourishment through cooking our food. Fires can also be devastating; as many as 369,500...
Your Heart’s Desire

Your Heart’s Desire

“And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chron. 1:11–12) I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER wanting to be a ballerina when I was a little girl. I have neither the body nor the grace to be a...
What We Leave for Our Children

What We Leave for Our Children

Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen. (1 Kings 11:13) I DO NOT HOLD OUT MUCH HOPE of leaving my children a grand monetary inheritance. My spouse...
Building Places of Worship

Building Places of Worship

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. (1 Kings 11:7) HUMANS HAVE BUILT some pretty phenomenal places of worship over the centuries. From massive cathedrals...
Wanting What We Can’t Have

Wanting What We Can’t Have

You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods. (1 Kings 11:2) TAKE A LOOK at any advertisement on television, or in magazines, and most of them highlight something a person could be lacking. They offer younger skin, more...
Measureless understanding

Measureless understanding

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. (1 Kings 4:29) WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL I used to think that the ocean went on forever. I lived fairly close to the Atlantic, and although I knew...
What are you asking for?

What are you asking for?

Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours? (2 Chron. 1:10) I LOVE TO BE IN CHARGE. I like to handle all of the details, to make decisions, and to guide others in achieving a common goal. Oftentimes...
God Watches the Nations

God Watches the Nations

He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—let not the rebellious rise up against him. (Ps. 66:7) DOES GOD KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING in the world? The answer is yes—and He is in control. Recall what He did to Egypt, when that mighty nation oppressed His...
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord,” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” (2 Sam. 12:13) THE BLACK BOX COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER from EgyptAir 804 was recovered about a month after the aircraft crashed into...
Sin Pays Bitter Wages

Sin Pays Bitter Wages

But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die. (2 Sam. 12:14) IT HAS BEEN SAID, “Live in such a way that you would not be afraid to sell your pet parrot to the town gossip.” King David may not have...
Sin Displeases the Lord

Sin Displeases the Lord

She [Bathsheba] became [David’s] wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord. (2 Sam. 11:27) KING DAVID TRIED TO COVER UP his sin with Bathsheba by sending a letter to General Joab that instructed him to arrange Uriah’s death on the...
Maintaining Integrity

Maintaining Integrity

Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. (2 Sam. 11:9) HER SON OWNED A MANUFACTURING COMPANY, but she was an assembly line worker. When the company was invited to display and sell its products at a...
Ask, But Ask Sincerely!

Ask, But Ask Sincerely!

When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. (2 Sam. 11:7) “IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. How are you?” Do you ever wonder if the person who asks how you are really cares how you are? Have you asked how someone is...
Stay Active

Stay Active

But David remained in Jerusalem. (2 Sam. 11:1) IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL’S TOOLS is not an exact quotation from Scripture, but it agrees with the apostle Paul’s note to the Thessalonian Christians. He observed that some of them were idle and had become busybodies (2...
Provision

Provision

The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain. (Ps. 65:9) AS WE GET OLDER, we gain responsibilities (or at least we should). It starts small, like being responsible to pick out your own clothes or pack your own lunch. Then you’re...
Fired

Fired

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn over Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?” (1 Sam. 16:1) I ONCE HEARD my dad say that getting fired from a job can be one of the best things that happens to an adult. I’m sure it doesn’t feel like a...