Christian Devotional – August 4, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 12

VERSE:

1 Kings 12:28–After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

TRUTH:

This chapter has a lot of advice-seeking and advice-giving in it. Rehoboam seeks advice early in the chapter and here, Jeroboam also seeks advice. The problem is that neither one of them are seeking advice from God. In both cases, the seek advice from those around them and ultimately, they seek people who will say what they want to hear. When we seek advice, is it to tell us what we want to hear or is it to be able to follow God? Neither one of them sought advice from the Lord and as a result, Jeroboam, in this verse, goes directly against what God has commanded of Him. If we aren’t seeking advice from God, then we will end up going against what God has commanded.

RESPONSE:

Father, I desire Your advice on what to say to people and how to act with people. I pray that You will continue to work and move to be able to do all that You would have for me to do. Help me to accept the advice You give, even when it goes against what I would have wanted.

Christian Devotional – January 7, 2014

Read Proverbs chapter 7

VERSE:

Proverbs 7:2–Keep my commands and you will live, guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

TRUTH:

Solomon, speaking here, is giving some advice in this chapter about the danger of lust and adultery. It’s important to understand that like any advice, unless we actually follow it, and do what it says, it means nothing. The only way we can live as God intended us to live is if we are actually doing the things we know to be correct. Do we listen to and follow the wisdom of God and the other godly people in our life? If we only hear it and do not do it, we have gained nothing.

RESPONSE:

Father, Your commands are given with wisdom to help us and keep us following You. I pray that You will help me to follow through on the commands that You give so that I may not stumble and fall and sin against You.