1 Kings (letter 11, Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters)
We are cautioned to not allow our desire for effectiveness to be greater than our desire to be holy.
If you challenge merely effective leaders by the standards of holiness, you won’t be well received.
Value spiritual formation above successful management; it might get you killed.
1 Kings – David Jeremiah (Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible)
Key thought: The decline of Israel during and after the days of Solomon warns us of the dangers of complacency, but also teaches us to practice the boldness of Elijah.
Key Verse: “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.” 1st Kings 2:3
Key Action: We must be as cautious in times of prosperity as in times of peril, lest we relax our guard as Solomon did and allow our spiritual passion to grow lukewarm.
Passage I Read Today as a result of sharing time with a younger couple who are learning to struggle well, primarily with difficult health issues:
Philippians 4:11-12 NIV:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Her initial thought:
If we are Christian, we can expect to automatically be and do as Paul did in the New Testament.
After struggling from some time with life’s circumstances, she came to realize:
Contentment is a learned process.
I have not yet learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, it’s a journey; Lord help me.