Friday, May 1, 2015
Stop the clock; the blind spot
1 Kings 10:23 So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
:24 Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.
:25 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.
:26 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horseman, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
:27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
:28 Also Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh at the current price.
:29 Now a chariot that was imported from Egypt cost six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse one hundred and fifty; and thus, through their agents, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.
11:1 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites –
:2 from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love.
:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.
1 Kings 8:11 so that the priest could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
Just as the seasons of the year continue, so do the cycles of life – birth and death, success and failure, sin and confession. Although we have no power to stop the clock while we're enjoying good times, we can rest in God's promise that eventually all bad things will end.
Rev 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Ps 19:12 Who can understand his errors? Clease me from secret faults.
There are parts of yourself you'll never see without God's help. In one way, you know yourself better than anyone else does. You are the only one who knows your inner thoughts, feelings and judgments, well other than God. In another way, you know yourself worse than anyone else. We rationalize, justify, minimize, forget, and embellish – we don't even realize we are doing it. Our memories are not simply faulty, they're faulty in favor of our egos.