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First Things First

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The Kingdom of God diminished while the kingdom of Solomon increased. As a result the country was torn apart, the Temple was destroyed, and all the beautiful vessels in the Temple were taken by a foreign invader.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 7

Key Verse: 1 Kings 7:51

So all the work that King Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and the furnishings. He put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.

At this time of King Solomon’s life, God was in His rightful place…First Place! Only one wife is mentioned, the daughter of the ruler of Egypt. Solomon’s full attention was on the rule of his kingdom and on the task of building God’s Temple This building project was a job left for Solomon by his father, David. Later in his life, Solomon married many other wives, built temples to their gods and his attention was not on the Lord God of Israel. Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). Regarding all of the construction projects, God did indeed add “all these things” to Solomon and the Kingdom of Israel. Unfortunately, the Kingdom of God diminished while the kingdom of Solomon increased. As a result the country was torn apart, the Temple was destroyed and all the beautiful vessels in the Temple were taken by a foreign invader.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, grant me even more wisdom than You gave Solomon. I ask for enough wisdom to last me an entire lifetime, not for just the first few years. I need You 24/7. In the Name of another descendant of King David, Jesus, my Savior and Lord, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have been involved in numerous building projects during my pastoral ministry and all of these projects were built under budget and paid for in short order. But 25 years later came the necessity of building a new 143,000 square-foot studio and office building for Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. I was confident that we could once again build for less than the estimated costs, but the project went considerably over cost. It took lots and lots of fervent prayer, much sacrificial giving and the daily pressures of paying regular operating costs in order to prevail. The former Chairman of the government regulating body, the Canadian Radio & Telecommunications Commission, Keith Spicer, said the Crossroads Centre in Burlington was the finest TV production facility in Canada. By putting God first, and with the help of God’s generous people, we became debt free in 10 years.

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