Staying Power

In today’s Bible reading* we read about two men who didn’t have staying power. One was a prophet who delivered a hard word to Jeroboam. The other was King Rehoboam, a wavering king. After delivering the hard word to Jeroboam, the prophet obeyed God and went back home, not stopping to eat or drink, according…

Choose Your Counselors Wisely

In today’s Bible reading* we read about King Rehoboam who consulted two sets of counselors and heard two very different responses. The people came to him and asked him to be kind to them, unlike King Solomon had been. First, he consulted the elders who had counseled King Solomon. They encouraged King Rehoboam to lead…

Been There. Done That.

In today’s Bible reading* King Solomon looks back at his life and realizes it was all for nothing. Solomon could truly say, “Been there. Done that.” Solomon had everything anyone would want. In the end, all he could say was that it was worthless. God gave Solomon a blank check: Anything he wanted! And all…

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

Today’s Bible reading* includes the completion of the Temple’s construction and when Solomon dedicates the Temple. We’re told that Solomon took almost twice as long (thirteen years) to build his ornate palace complex as he did to build the Temple (seven years). At first glance, it sounds like he cared more for his own house…