For the next few days, we are going to be diving deep into the depths of Solomon’s soul, as he reflects on the meaning of life. In this text, he calls himself “the Teacher” which have caused some question as to if Solomon truly wrote the book or not. It was not until I read through the Old Testament that I realized that Solomon was more than qualified to write such a book. Although he was not a Prophet, God granted him great wisdom, since that was what his heart desired more than anything else.God bless you, Jenna
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14 If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.” 1 Kings 3:5-14
Do you live in the country? Live on a farm? Wish you lived one of those lifestyles? Do you have a great devotion to St. Isidore the farmer? Is stewardship over creation an important virtue to you? Are you looking for ways to further enhance your living of the liturgical year? Than this is the prayer book for you!
My mom always says, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” This statement would usually be made after I had come to her with one of those moments where I exhibited pure foolishness, or when He just threw a complete curveball in my life.
I am the first to admit that I love putting my life on autopilot and just cruising along. It’s easy to go to church and attend Bible study while things are going well and life is just easy.
Some scholars believe that the wisdom Solomon gained led him to grasp the fulfillment and meaning of a monogamous marriage.
The theme of impatience is continued in this chapter, but is more geared towards the hearts of the mistreated.
It is too easy to live in waiting for the next best thing. Whether it be marriage, children, or missions, our flesh has an uncanny way of keeping our eyes off the present.
Hello Beautiful Sisters:) Jesus loves each one of us, as if there was only one of us!
There is no easy way to read this verse, but perhaps no greater understanding than that of the Christian woman.
Verses 1 through 5 certainly advise us to be mindful of not only what we pray for, but how we pray for them.
As most things in life, work started off as a gift from the Lord Genesis 2:15 but was soon turned to a nec-essary evil as a result of the fall Genesis 3:17-19. The fall tends to distort most good, God-given things as is the case with working just for the sake of one- upping your friends or keeping up with the Jones’.
There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven—give birth and a time to die;
In Chapter Two, the teacher seeks the value of pleasures and possessions, stating in detail what he’s done to chase after earthly things.
For the next few days, we are going to be diving deep into the depths of Solomon’s soul, as he reflects on the meaning of life.