Have you ever wanted to go out into the mission field? or record a Christian hit song? or be a great Bible teacher? And instead, you find yourself cooking and cleaning and teaching Bible verses to preschoolers. What does God have to say about housewives and kingdom rewards?
1 Kings 1 & 2
1 Kings 1 & 2:
Solomon becomes king
In chapter 1 King David is dying. (Those of us who are married and getting older can be thankful for electric blankets, none of that “virgin heating” for our husbands! You’ll just have to read the passage!)
David’s oldest son, Adonijah tries to take control of the throne before his father is even dead. It’s obvious he knows that Solomon is the one who is to be king because he conveniently neglects to invite him to the “coronation.” But God in His sovereignty sees to it that his plan is revealed. Instead Solomon is crowned as king while his father is still alive.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps (Prov. 16.9).
A new king in town
Before he died David warned Solomon of some people to watch out for and gave him some last minute instructions, but Solomon, immediately, demonstrates a new style of leadership beginning with his response to his brother Adonijah (chap. 2).
Adonijah had committed treason and, even today, treason can result in the death penalty. But Solomon showed mercy. When his brother submitted to his authority and appeared to repent, Solomon sent him home. I’m sure he had his suspicions about Adonijah’s motives, but he gave him the benefit of the doubt.
1 Corinthians 13 says, “… love believes the best …”
Love chooses to believe the best until facts prove otherwise. In this case, Adonijah’s motives are soon revealed. He attempted to deceive Bathsheba into helping him regain power by allowing him to marry Abishag, the young woman who cared for David when he was dying. Had he married someone that close to the king, it would have given him a claim to the throne. And once his true motives were revealed, Solomon acted quickly and decisively.
Again with Shimei Solomon showed restraint. Instead of having him killed for his treason against David, he placed him under house arrest, telling him he could never leave Jerusalem. Perhaps that enabled Solomon to keep an eye on him. Shimei agreed until it prevented him from taking revenge on his slaves and then he revealed himself as a man who ultimately would do what was expedient for him.
God puts a high priority on submission to authority, because it reveals the heart. Even when we think authority is being misused or we’re being treated unfairly, God expects us to willingly submit (unless we’re being asked to sin) and trust Him with the outcome.
Housewives and kingdom rewards
Psalm 68 is a psalm of prayer, praise and thanksgiving to God for His care over His people and for giving them victory.
But before we pass by too quickly, there’s a sweet phrase tucked into verse 12, “and she who remains at home divides the spoil.” What an encouragement to you precious stay-at-home moms to know that God sees what you do as just as valuable and important to kingdom work as any other responsibility (more so, really, because you are raising the next generation for God). It’s also a reminder that you will share in kingdom rewards just as fully!
Gossip separates friends
Verse 9, “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.”
Over and over God’s Word condemns gossip. The next time a “friend” comes to you and tells you something “because you should know,” remember this proverb.
Don’t be surprised by attacks
The story continues concerning the blind man Jesus healed. The religious leaders call him in and question him, trying to get him to discredit Jesus. When they cannot, they turn from the facts to a personal attack. Verse 34:
“They answered and said to him, ‘You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?’ And they cast him out.”
Don’t be surprised when people do the same to you when you witness or share you testimony. Don’t get defensive or upset; just remember you’re in good company.
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
What stood out to you from today’s reading? A command to obey? A principle to remember? Or a promise to stand on?