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Devotional for 2-7-2019

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A KING’S RESUME

Recently I was asked to write a resume. Since I had not written one in nearly 30 years, it presented a real challenge. As I thought about the many things I had done, some well and some not so well, I was grateful for the fact that the choice of what I would include was up to me.

Solomon did not write his resume. God did. Nor was he the last one to make a statement about who he was and what he had accomplished. God did that as well. (And, by the way, God will do the same for you and me.)

Even a casual review of Solomon’s resume is impressive.

-Early Childhood Education:
Exposed to sages, philosophers, wise men
Observed troops preparing for battle
Studied large building construction
Accompanied his father in foreign affairs
Sang Psalms written by his father
Involved in worship, prayer, and praise

-Major Life Achievements:
The third king of Israel
Built God’s Temple in Jerusalem
Diplomat, trader, patron of the arts
Recognized as “wisest man who ever lived”
Author, sage, and philosopher

-Final Notations:
Leadership accomplishments destroyed
Married pagan women, compromised his God
Enslaved God’s children

What could have been, never was. Sadly, sin defeated Solomon, and he lost everything.

Prayer: One day, Father, we will all stand before You to be judged for the lives we lived.. May You bless us and say, Well done, Faithful Servant! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Nehemiah 13:26 Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women. 

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