No-one goes on forever …

1 Kings 1:1-53 No-one goes on forever. We read about David’s reign coming to an end, about David being replaced by Solomon (1 Kings 1:30). Help us, Lord, to pray that the future will be “greater” than the past (1 Kings 1:37,47). In all of life’s changes, help us to remember this: You are the …

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30th April: 1 Kings 21-22 – The mercy of God

1 Kings 21:1-22:14  -  We read of human sin and divine judgment (21:1-4,15-16,20-24). There is also something else here: the mercy of God - ‘Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days…’(29). The judgment of God will come - but not yet. It is held back by …

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30th April: 1 Kings 20 – Our strength is not in ourselves. It is in the Lord.

1 Kings 20:1-43  -  Sometimes we say, ‘I can’t’, when we mean, ‘I won’t’! We are ‘busy here and there’ - too busy for God, for doing His will, for obeying His Word. Is this a case of ‘I can’t’? No! It is ‘I won’t’. We choose. We decide how we will use our time. …

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29th April: 1 Kings 16:29-19:21 – The Spirit of God at work – in power …

1 Kings 16:29-18:16  -  Things were getting desperate: ‘Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him’ (33). What did God do about this? How did He respond to this situation? God sent His prophet, a man who would stand up …

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28th April: 1 Kings 14:1-16:28 – God’s ordinary people, God’s extraordinary purpose …

1 Kings 14:1-15:8  -  It makes depressing reading - a lot of bad news from the north (16), a lot of bad news from the south (22). Many people wondered, ‘Will there be peace in my lifetime?’ Sadly, the hostilities continued for a very long time (15:6). Were there no glimmers of hope? Was there …

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27th April: 1 Kings 12:25-13:34 – Dark days for God’s people; a better future, planned by God …

1 Kings 12:25-13:34  -  These were dark days for God’s people. They were deeply divided. There was the northern kingdom (Israel). Jeroboam was their ‘big man’. There was the southern kingdom (Judah). Rehoboam was the ‘voice’ of the south. What a shambles it all was! Each side seemed intent on outdoing the other - ungodliness. …

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26th April: 1 Kings 10:1-12:24 – Life can be a slippery slope. Stay close to God …

1 Kings 10:1-11:13  -  ‘King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth’ (23). It sounds impressive - until you look more closely at Solomon’s life! What else does God’s Word tell us about him? - ‘His heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God… Solomon …

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