Friday, June 25, 2021

WISDOM

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 9-10

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In Jerusalem, attached to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Here, an Ethiopian nun does bead work to support her church.

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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 9:23

And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

 

The people of Ethiopia believe that their Queen, the Queen of Sheba, who visited Solomon, became pregnant as a result of a relationship between her and King Solomon. Menelik, their son, became their first great King, and the people converted to the religion of Judaism as a result. A New Testament reading for today may be the story of the Ethiopian who was the minister of finance for another “Queen of Sheba” whose name was Candace (Acts 8:26-40). The Ethiopian treasurer, who was Jewish, had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and on his way back home God miraculously brought the Deacon Philip to witness to him of Jesus. He was reading from the Prophet Isaiah as he travelled, probably Isaiah 53, and as Philip explained God’s plan of salvation, the official believed in Jesus and was baptized. As a result, the Church of Ethiopia was born. A majority of the Jewish people in that country became Christian. It is so to this day.

What a sad turn of events in the second chapter of today’s reading. There are some things one can only learn by living long enough. Solomon’s advisors were probably in their sixties and seventies. By ignoring their advice, King Rehoboam lost the ten northern tribes, and the Kingdom was divided. War between the north and the south was narrowly avoided. How sad! Our choices have consequences! Let us choose to pray fervently as David and Solomon did. There is no record of Rehoboam praying for wisdom, as did his father. Instead of asking God for guidance, King Rehoboam asked his boyhood friends for counsel and followed their advice. The history of Israel is proof of the consequences of poor choices.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for the wisdom to listen carefully to the guidance of those who pray much and who know how to hear Your answers to their prayers for wisdom. I need You every day to provide me with an understanding of Your will in all things. In Jesus’ Name I ask for Your wisdom, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Someone has said that every movement for good or evil in the history of the world can be traced to the decision of one person. Rehoboam’s decision to listen to friends of his age rather than the elders of Israel resulted in the beginning of the disintegration of a great nation. The decisions of Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer resulted in good things.

When Crossroads ministry took on the challenge of helping the Ethiopian people during the famine of the 1980s, I had many experiences that impacted my life. One of these was standing on a street in Addis, the capital city, and hearing a young priest calling the people back to God. He said that the government had turned away from the God of their fathers to communism and atheism, and the famine was God’s judgment as a result. Whether this was true or not, God knows. However, I was tremendously impressed by the fearlessness of that young man. I do believe that God heard the prayers of the Ethiopian people, and a part of His provision was that the partners and viewers of 100 Huntley Street responded so very generously. Canada’s ambassador to Ethiopia at the time said in a speech to the Empire Club at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, “100 Huntley Street and their supporters saved the lives of at least 50,000 people from death by starvation.”

Yours for seeking diligently for God’s will in our decisions,

David

Beyond the courtyard of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, you can see the steeple of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

One of the doorways into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

10 thoughts on “Friday, June 25, 2021

  1. THE RED SEA PLACE by Annie Johnson Flint

    “Have you come to the Red Sea place in your life,
    Where, in spite of all you can do,
    There is no way out, there is no way back,
    There is no other way but through?
    Then wait on the Lord with a trust serene
    Till the night of your fear is gone;
    He will send the wind, He will heap the floods,
    When He says to your soul, ‘Go on.’

    “And His hand will lead you through–clear through–
    Ere the watery walls roll down,
    No foe can reach you, no wave can touch,
    No mightiest sea can drown;
    The tossing billows may rear their crests,
    Their foam at your feet may break,
    But over their bed you shall walk dry shod
    In the path that your Lord will make.

    “In the morning watch, ‘neath the lifted cloud,
    You shall see but the Lord alone,
    When He leads you on from the place of the sea
    To a land that you have not known;
    And your fears shall pass as your foes have passed,
    You shall be no more afraid;
    You shall sing His praise in a better place,
    A place that His hand has made.”

    –Annie Johnson Flint

  2. Thank You, Father, for Your wise and Godly ones who went before us. And thank You for still wanting us to behave wisely today, and for the wisdom You provide. As David prayed, please give all Your people Your wisdom and discernment. Help us to see through the lies of the enemy, and to live for You. Please also raise up Godly leaders to bring Canada under Your dominion, Lord. We pray that You will be glorified in this land, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    • Amen Rob. I pray also for the U.S. – having real problems at the Texas Border where people are streaming in large numbers into the country from Mexico and Central American countries. A very crisis situation just now. Father, in Jesus Name, please help the people on both sides. Protect them and those who are trying to give aid. Amen

  3. “Prayer Map of Canada” for the 25th day:

    1. Pray that there will be a growing number of people in your city or community trusting in Christ as Saviour and Lord. (Acts 2:41, Acts 2:47b)
    2. Pray that those who serve in the justice system will be agents of true justice for all. (Prov. 11:1)

    • On one occasion alone, Paul is shipwrecked and bit by a venomous snake. (Acts 28) Yet, Paul does not feel sorry for himself and uses the occasion as an opportunity for ministry. In the midst of my troubles God tells me not to fear and to REMEMBER my past deliverances. (Nehemiah 4:14). Lord i pray that in the midst of my own situation that i go forth with the joy of knowing You and used to win souls of unloved family and community.

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