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“May we respect our parents, no matter our age.” <>< Dona (05/11/20)

Please read I Kings 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In I Kings 1:1-30 though Adonijah knew Solomon was King David’s choice to be the next king he (Adonijah) decided to seize the throne from his father. (see verses 17 and 30)

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, though Adonijah knew Solomon was King David’s choice he made plans to gain the throne anyway.

Something to think about

David served God well as a king, but as a parent he often failed both God and his children. David had never taught Adonijah how to work within limits.  Adonijah did whatever he wanted and paid no respect to God’s wishes. 

Something to experience

When we set limits for our children we make it possible for them to develop the self-restraint they will need in order to control themselves later.  We need to discipline our children carefully while they are young, so that they will grow into self-disciplined adults.

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In I Kings 1:11-27 Nathan, a royal advisor, learned of Adonijah’s conspiracy. He immediately tried to stop it.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nathan was a man of both faith and action.  He stepped up immediately to help stop Adonijah’s attempt to take what wasn’t his.

Something to think about

Nathan knew that Solomon should be king and he moved quickly when he saw someone else trying to take the throne.

Something to experience

Has there ever been a time that you knew what was right but you didn’t want to get involved so you did nothing? Perhaps you prayed. Perhaps you had good intentions. Sometimes though we need to take action to correct the situation when we feel God urging us on.

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In I Kings 1:28-52 When Adonijah realized that his plans were destined to fail, he grabbed hold of the horn of the altar.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Adonijah was afraid and probably knew the altar was the place of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Something to think about

Adonijah probably thought he would be safe at the altar.  He probably was looking for God’s protection.

Something to experience

When someone wants your forgiveness will you act as Solomon did in this incident?  Solomon simply dismissed his brother and sent him home. Sometimes forgiving a personal attack demonstrates more strength than retaliation.

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Prayer

Lord I pray we who are parents will set limits for our children so they will develop godly characteristics such as self-restraint and patience.  I pray we will discipline our children when they are young so that when they become adults they will demonstrate godly traits (Proverbs 22:6 AMP).   Lord I pray we will stand up and step forward when we need to and stand back when You instruct us to do so (Ephesians 6:11 AMP). Lord I pray we will discern what to do in all situations (Ephesians 5:15 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I, with God’s help, be able to discern what to do in all situations.” <>< Dona