Old Testament In a Year: June 25 – 1 Kings 5, 6, 7

1 Kings 5, 6, 7
Focus Verse: And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ – 1 Kings 5:5

Unlike David, his father, Solomon did not have to engage in any warfare. God gave Solomon rest from fighting and put his enemies under the soles of his feet. He experienced neither adversary nor misfortune.

What did Solomon do with all the peace and quiet time he had?

He decided to build a house for God. It is true that he also built a palace for himself, but constructing a house for God was his first priority. It took Solomon seven years to build God’s house and he put a great deal of attention, detail, and dedication into over those seven years.

Take a moment to consider: What are you doing for God?

Old Testament In a Year: June 24 – Song of Solomon 6, 7, 8

Song of Solomon 6, 7, 8
Focus Verse: Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. – Song of Solomon 8:7

Nothing can quench the love that God has for you. Nothing in nature – many waters, floods, storms; and nothing in humans – sin, hate, unbelief.

The love of God is inextinguishable, unquenchable, and indestructible. It is enduring, everlasting, and eternal.

If you think that God can’t love you because of things you’ve done wrong, nothing could be further from the truth. No one has committed any sin so great that God cannot love that person. In fact, the greater the sin, the greater is God’s love.

Nothing and nobody can quench the love of God.

Old Testament In a Year: June 23 – Song of Solomon 4, 5

Song of Solomon 4, 5
Focus Verse: …This is my beloved and this is my friend… – Song of Solomon 5:16

You are God’s beloved, meaning you are dearly loved by Him. So dearly loved that He died for you while you were still a sinner; helps you and holds you unfailingly; lives in you eternally; rejoices over you with gladness; and has given you a future and a hope.

You are also God’s friend. He does not consider you a servant or a sinner, but a friend.

Old Testament In a Year: June 22 – Song of Solomon 1, 2, 3

Song of Solomon 1, 2, 3
Focus Verse: Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful. – Song of Solomon 1:16

The love that is portrayed in this book is between Solomon and his bride, but it has often been compared to the love that God has for His children. The love that He has for you.

You are God’s beloved. You are beautiful and delightful in His eyes.

His love is better than anything you have ever experienced or will ever experience.

He is yours, and you are His.

Old Testament In a Year: June 21 – Proverbs 30, 31

Proverbs 30, 31
Focus Verse: Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:9

These words were spoken by a mother to her son, who was a king, but they apply to us all. Regardless of what your status is in life, you have a responsibility to not only speak up for yourself, but to also speak up for others.

Be a mouth for those who are mute; an ear for those who are deaf; an eye for those who are blind; hands and feet for those who are physically impaired.

Advocate for the rights of those who are destitute. Defend the rights of those who are poor and needy. We are all children of God and siblings of one another. Our Heavenly Father requires us to be concerned about others by doing justly, loving kindness, and walking humbly with Him.

Old Testament In a Year: June 20 – Proverbs 27, 28, 29

Proverbs 27, 28, 29
Focus Verse: The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1

The righteous are not bold because of their own goodness. They are bold because of the God who lives in them.

To the righteous, God has not given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-control. When one has a personal relationship with God and lives daily in His grace and love, they will never have reason to be afraid of anything or anyone. They know their Savior and Father can help them meet any difficulty, carry them safely through any storm, and lift them victoriously over any difficulty.

When you become a child of God, you will no longer be a slave to fear. Instead, you will be made righteous in God’s perfection and have His strength to live fearlessly and walk boldly.

Old Testament In a Year: June 19 – Proverbs 25, 26

Proverbs 25, 26
Focus Verse: Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. – Proverbs 25:27

What you give out, is what you will take in. In other words, how you treat others is ultimately how you will be treated.

So, treat others with kindness, respect, and love. Instead of digging a pit (through words, social posts, or actions) for someone to fall into, build a bridge for someone to cross over. Instead of rolling stones down a hill, try removing stones to make the way easier for others to climb.

Old Testament In a Year: June 18 – Proverbs 22, 23, 24

Proverbs 22, 23, 24
Focus Verse: The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all. – Proverbs 22:2

God is the great equalizer of human beings.

Because He made us all – the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, the slave and the free – no one is better than another. He has placed us all in this thing called life together so that we can help and hold each other, because none of us can make it in this world alone.

Despite our differences, we are sisters and brothers in one family, daughters and sons of one Father.

Old Testament In a Year: June 17 – Proverbs 19, 20, 21

Proverbs 19, 20, 21
Focus Verse: To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3

Many people who are followers of Jesus the Christ are quick to say that they are willing to sacrifice their lives, or die, for Him. But Christ wants to know if we are willing to live for Him.

Are you willing to live in kindness with others? He asks. Are you willing to do righteousness and justice each day when you awake? Are you willing to walk by faith? Are you willing to forgive, love, and serve others?

Living out your faith is just as important and valuable to Me as dying for your faith.