31 July 2020 - 1 Kings 1:1-28

31 July 2020 - 1 Kings 1: 1-28

Sometimes life isn’t fair.

“I have always wanted what any other girl wants – a husband and children.  I am in my teens and the most beautiful girl in Israel.  But they took me to be a concubine to an old and dying king.  We were never intimate, and I can never marry another man, so I will never have children.”  Life isn’t fair.

“My dad, the king, is dying.  My only surviving older brother, Chileab, is incapable of reigning.  Following tradition, my dad should pass the crown onto me, but there is talk it will go to Solomon.  He is so much younger than me!  Why aren’t I good enough in my father’s eyes?  Why didn’t he pick me?  Doesn’t he love me?”  Life isn’t fair.

“I have always been the commander of the army.  My decisions are sound and I have brought victory to Israel repeatedly.  I live for my job.  I am the best at it and I deserve the honour of leaving on my terms.”  Not long after, Joab is executed.  Life isn’t fair.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 says the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.  We have all tasted disappointment.  Sometimes God wants to break through our situation.  Other times, it must be endured.  I have found that when I consciously choose to focus on God and worship Him, a lot of the pain evaporates.  It doesn’t change the situation, but it changes me and my perspective.  We can find a deeper walk with God when we choose to push in. 

In Romans 5:2-6 we read that suffering eventually leads to hope.  God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  When life throws disappointment at us, we still have hope that one day the sun will shine again because of Him who is at work in us.  Make a choice, put the disappointments aside and focus on Him.  Have a blessed day! 

“Blessed be Your Name”