Suggested readings for week of February 27th
2 Samuel 7:18-29 and 1 Kings 3:3-14 – Prayers of David and Solomon
Hello Project Ezra! This week the suggested reading consists of two prayers, one from King David and one from Kind Solomon. The thought that really struck me while reading these prayers is that of knowing who we truly are before God, and being able to explain that to those we share the gospel with. These prayers came from two of the most powerful, influential and famous kings in ancient history, yet when they came before God they came in humility. David was a great conqueror, and Solomon was the wisest and likely the richest king in antiquity, but both knew God was God, and they were not. I have talked to many people who have convinced themselves, through pride and an idolatrous understanding of God, that are owed not only freedom, but complete autonomy by their creator. I’ve had people tell me, after I have explained to them that they will have to give an account of themselves before a perfect, holy God, that they will confront God and tell him the way things really are, and that he better listen to them. David and Solomon, who would be successful and powerful by anyone’s earthly standards, spent their time extolling God’s virtues, not their own. They understood that any exaltation they had experienced came straight from the hand of God. They were willing and content to do it God’s way, because they knew what an honor and privilege it is to be used by God. I think this is a lesson both for us, as ambassadors of the king, and for the unsaved. We need to remember what a privilege it is to share the gospel, and we need to remind the lost that, as Solomon said in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” I plan to use these passages as an example of the attitude we all MUST have in order to be saved. Without humility there can be no true repentance, and without repentance and complete dependence on Christ there can be no salvation.
All for His glory!
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
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