Hello again! It has been a while since I last posted on this site. God is good– I am still here!
I have been reading through the Bible, starting from Genesis. I am now in 1 Kings. Yesterday I read 1 Kings 8 and thought I would share my thoughts about it.
In 1 Kings 8:46-50 Solomon prays to God, “If they sin against you– and who has never sinned?– you may become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive… But in that land of exile, they may turn to you again in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’ Then if they turn to you with their whole heart and soul… Then hear their prayers from heaven where you live. Uphold their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you” (NLT).
Even though Solomon was praying for a group of people, I think this prayer can still be individualized– we all sin and sometimes sin takes us to a “place” where we should not be, but it is in that place that we realize we need God. It is being at the lowest point of our lives, held captive by our sins, that we desperately look up and seek God.
Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are moving away from God until one day we wake up and wonder how we ended up in a pig sty. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday lives that we forget to communicate or even think about God. [It’s funny that when things go well we tend to forget about God. Deuteronomy 8:11 says, “Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God” (NLT)]. We need to thank Him for the low points in our lives because that’s when His presence is greatly felt, in fact we need low points because it jolts us back into a relationship with Him– “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).
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