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Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
1 Kings 1:5 “Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. 6 (His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)”
52 “Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.” 53 Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
20 “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
Psalms 91:14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
18 “… Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
It’s so interesting to me how Adonijah set himself up as King… he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him… wow… “HEY!! Look at ME!! I’m important!! The King is my dad!!”
His father, King David never rebuked him by asking him about his behavior… David also never confronted Absalom about having killed his brother Amnon, for the rape of their sister Tamar…
Confrontation is never fun… I think sometimes it’s because just the word, “confrontation” is used in such a way, like, “I’m going to CONFRONT this person!” Rather than just saying, “I’m going to go work things out with this person…” Makes me think of the verse in 1 Corinthians 13… love believes the best (believes all things)… “it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Working things out is never easy… it takes effort and patience and a level head… I just remind myself, “love believes the best.” (of that person…) I’m going to give them the benefit of a doubt… every time.
I love that David made all the preparations for building the temple… all that was “in his heart” to do.
Thank You Lord that are good, and faithful! (“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it!”)