Focus Verse: When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. (14)
God is not only good when times are good. God is always good. Since this is the case, we can be happy in any situation that we may find ourselves in.
Focus Verse: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. (9)
Don’t underestimate the power of one, but you had definitely better not underestimate the power of two. We are stronger together than we ever are alone. Nobody can make it on their own; we need each other.
Focus Verse: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (2)
Everything truly is meaningless. Only when Christ enters the scene does life begin to take on meaning. How can life hold meaning outside of the One Who made it?
1 Kings 10
Focus Verse: And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. (1)
In Matthew 12:42, Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees about the queen of Sheba. He said: “The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.” Jesus praises the queen of Sheba’s desire to seek out wisdom. He rebukes the scribes and Pharisees because the wisdom that He offers to them is greater than Solomon’s, yet they refuse to seek it. We would be wise indeed to be humble and not act like we have all the answers to life. Ask questions – lots of them – of others and of God, Who is the source of all knowledge.
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1 Kings 8
Focus Verse: Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. (56)
God did not fail to fulfill the promises He gave to Moses. Throughout the Bible we can read about the promises that He has made to us. God has promised us victory over death (I Corinthians 15:57); God has promised to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19); God has promised to work all things out for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28); God has promised that anyone who believes in Jesus the Christ will receive salvation (Mark 16:16); and God has promised us eternal life (John 10:28). We can claim these promises and many more because God will not fail to fulfill them. All of His promises are “Yes” and “Amen”.
1 Kings 5
Focus Verse: I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’ (5)
Because God blessed Solomon and gave him wisdom, rest on every side and no adversary or disaster, Solomon was determined to build a temple for Him as thanks. God has done so much for us. The question is: what have we done for Him?
Song of Solomon 6
Focus Verse: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies. (3)
When we are God’s, He also is ours. Even though we cannot see Him and even during times when we cannot feel His presence, we can be assured that He will never leave us alone.