Hello fellow Jumpstart readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed LT week.
In the first nine verses of today’s passage, we read about The Lord appearing to Solomon. This occasion is actually the second appearance of The Lord to Solomon. The first appearance is in chapter 3:4-15. Verses 10 to 28 describe some of Solomon’s additional achievements.
I would like to focus on verses 8 and 9 for further study today. In the NASB, it reads
“And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the Lord has brought all this adversity on them.’”
The MacArthur Bible Commentary description for verse 9 is “The destruction of Jerusalem and exile from the land were predicted by Moses in Deuteronomy 29:24-28. The devastation of the temple graphically demonstrated the Lord’s anger against Israel’s sin, particularly the sin of idolatry.”
In today’s world, I believe it’s easy to allow idols to overtake God’s place in our lives and keep us from being obedient to Him. I know I could easily allow my fandom of the Green Bay Packers and the Kentucky Wildcats to become idols in my life, if I let them.
What idols are present in your life that keep you from giving God the glory He deserves; i.e. family, sports, work, etc.?
In what way(s) is God asking you to be obedient?
What is holding you back from whatever God is asking you to do – unconfessed sin, an unwillingness to change, et cetera?
By: Jason Roland — Leadership Team Member