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May we pray for God's grace to obey His instructions in all matters.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 2

Key Verse: 1 Kings 2:3

And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.

King David’s final words to his son Solomon resembles those spoken by Moses to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:7-13. Two towering historical people, Moses and David, make for interesting character studies. Great care was taken by the writers of Scripture to be accurate. Most histories about an absolute ruler are colored to make the monarch look much better than reality, but not the Bible. It tells it like it really was. David knows what it will take for his son to have a successful reign. The 12 tribes were filled with people who would be extremely difficult to rule. This was 500 years before democracy arose in Greece. Since Israel had rejected God’s rule through judges, who would be recognized as leaders only when needed, the prediction of Samuel as to the actions of kings was now a reality. The often-quoted statement, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” will prove true as we move through the next 500 years. David’s advice rings true: “Keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for grace to obey Your instructions in all matters. With all my heart and mind, I desire to walk in Your ways. In the Name of Jesus, the only One who ever walked 100% of the time in Your ways, I ask this request. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Several years ago, Crossroads turned over all the assets of the Circle Square Ranch ministry to Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship and other worthy ministries. The Ranch Ministry grew from my belief that more of an in-depth work of God’s Spirit and His Word could be accomplished in one week at a Bible camp than in any other way. That concentrated week, day and night, at camp is very effective. Approximately 60 percent of the campers came from homes with no church background. From 1978 to 2010, Circle Square Ranches hosted approximately 250,000 children and teens for at least one week. It has been estimated that as many as 100,000 of these infinitely precious souls made first-time decisions to give their lives to Jesus.

“Indeed, a greater than Solomon is here” (Luke 11:31b).

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