Monday, May 3, 2021


Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 12

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


Beyond the security fence, looking from Israel into Palestine, you can see the area that was ancient Bethany. It is now the present day Arab village of Al-Ezareyya, the Arabic name for Lazarus, the one Jesus raised from the dead in Bethany. This area is situated on the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: 1 Kings 12:13

Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him…

As the wall in the photograph shows, the land is divided. In the days of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, it was also divided. Friedrich Hegel, the philosopher, said, “We learn from history that we don’t learn from history.” Rehoboam may have been able to maintain unity if he had taken time to read Scriptures from Moses, Joshua, his grandfather David, and his father Solomon. Political leaders then and now need the wisdom of the ages and the sages. We need to pray, not only for our western leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-8), but particularly for Jerusalem and the whole region. The current population consists of Jews and Arabs. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” King David wrote those words. We may want to read that Psalm and honour his prayer request (Psalm 122).


Yes, Lord, I pray right now for the peace of Jerusalem. Only You, Lord God, fully understand all the issues involved. Please give wisdom to the leadership of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas. There is nothing impossible for You. Just as You gave David and Solomon the wisdom to bring about decades of peace, please do it again. In the Name of Jesus, the One who is the Prince of Peace, Amen!


In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned the wisdom that can be found in the diligent study of God’s Word. People who have shown themselves to possess wisdom should also be read and studied. Another of my heroes that I’ve mentioned before is the late Rev. Tom Johnstone. He was what you would call “self-educated.” He was a voracious reader who had a brilliant mind, but he did not leave us his thoughts in books. It’s a pity. One time I was visiting the Seniors’ residence, Shepherd Village in Toronto, calling on some of my “old” friends. I noticed a very distinguished looking man around 50 years old who was just leaving the building. I said to Joan Telford, the Administrator, “Who is that man?” She said, “Oh, he’s a Professor of Mathematics from the University of Toronto. He’s been visiting Tom Johnstone.” Tom would’ve been about 95 then. She went on to say, “There are a number of Professors who visit him regularly to learn from him.” Why was I not surprised? He had learned deeply in many subjects. I visited him also. He was a friend who had been like a Grandfather to our children. There is great and wise advice found in James 1:1-7.

Yours, asking for wisdom from God, knowing that according to James, I will not be turned down,


21 thoughts on “Monday, May 3, 2021

  1. Dear fellow saints in the Lord, it is with sadness that I post Ger’s obituary notice. She passed away at her home on Sunday, April 25, 2021, one day after her birthday:

    You will be sorely missed, Ger. You made such a wonderful contribution to with your almost daily posts. You were a great woman of wisdom, kindness and mission. Certain you are enjoying heaven and so happy to be home, reunited with the precious face of Jesus.

    • Beverlee, I totally agree with your comments
      about our dear blog friend Ger.
      I will miss her posts also, and know she is in
      our Heavenly Father’s eternal care.
      Ger was a blessing to all of us, may God rest
      her soul in peace.

  2. Thank You, Father, for all Your faithful ones. Bless them. May they be Your light and Your salt, bringing Your message that gives Life to others. Comfort them so they can comfort others. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Thank you,Beverlee for sharing.Lately when I prayed for her I thought I felt the same ‘hesitation’ ? that I felt within a week of my close friend’s passing in December.He had Pancreatic cancer but never felt a bit of pain.Still praying for your ‘successful’ surgery.God bless

    • Oh Beverlee thank you for sharing the obit of Ger. I have tears as I write this, but I know she is in a better place now with her Saviour. No more concerns of managing her home and outdoor work.
      She will be missed very much.
      Blessings to all Eleanor M.

  4. Sorely missing Ger as she entered into His Presence. She was the same age as my sister who passed during this pandemic. A very close friend passed a couple of weeks ago @ 95. We will meet again. It’s so important (and comforting) to follow God’s leading and respect other’s opinions but God’s leading must be the priority of our lives. Praying for our leaders today here in Canada and in our world. Thanks for the information re: Ger, Beverlee. Blessings all.

  5. Thank you so very much for this Notice re. Ger’s passing onwards. Though it is sad to say good-bye to friends and loved-ones and even those we barely knew, it is wonderful to know that they are in the Loving arms of our Lord and Saviour.
    ( sorry re. Your dear friend William and glad he did not suffer).
    No doubt, to Ger, HE is saying, “Well-done, good and faithful servant!”

  6. Thank you Beverlee for informing us of Ger’s passing. She will be missed among us on this blog. How comforting to know that she is rejoicing in the presence of Our Saviour, Jesus.
    I believe that one of her brothers died about one year ago. Many of our friends and acquaintances have passed away lately. These are difficult times that all of us are facing. Our faith in Jesus is a sure anchor to hold us .
    May God comfort all who are hurting!

  7. We do not grieve as those without hope….Praise God, but we do grieve and feel the loss and emptiness as we say goodbye to loved ones and to friends.

    Beverlee you posted a warm and eloquent tribute to your dear blog friend.

    May God comfort her family and us all as we journey on thro life!

  8. Thank you Beverly k for posting the passing of Geraldine my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends that the God of all comfort with now surround and sustain those who knew Geraldine thanks be to God that we have this blessed hope that one day in heaven we will see our loved ones again 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  9. I’m at a loss for words. Feeling very sad at hearing of Gers passing. I’m just going to bed now so will be saying prayers for her loved ones.

    It is good to know she is with her Lord. I will get to meet her one day. I will miss her commentaries.

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