Journey in the Word: King Solomon

Week 9

Read:  1 Kings 4: 29, 31

I suppose we can take some small comfort that God was willing to use kings who were a mixture of righteousness and unrighteousness.  But when you stop to think about it, that’s really all God has to work with in any of us after the Fall!

The deeper lesson is that our unrighteousness can eclipse, undermine, and even destroy the accomplishments achieved by our righteousness.  Sin is a heavy weight on the neck of godliness, and it will eventually pull us down.

It’s not enough to settle for being a “mixture” of good and evil.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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