By Frog Orr-Ewing
No Guts – no glory? 2 Chronicles 7:11-9:31
The Lord appears to Solomon, in answer to his prayers in the previous chapters. He makes it clear that there is a great possible future ahead of him – there are great promises over his life, ways in which he could go further and deeper than his father and his parents generation. And lets be clear, though his dad was an epic warrior, an inspired singer/songwriter and wise leader, he ended his rule badly, behaved badly with Bathsheba and had a man assassinated. There was plenty of room for improvement. We can tell from his what he prayed that Solomon really wanted to make a difference, and from the fire coming from heaven we know that Solomon had been involved in some pretty spectacular times of worship – power encounters where heaven and earth seemed so close.
But what is also clear, is that God wasn’t going to hand it all to him on a platter – make a spectacular future without Solomon needing to put his heart, life and energy into it. As the American politician, bobby Kennedy once said:
“The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present. The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to…great enterprises and ideals…”Robert Kennedy (http://bobby-kennedy.com/rfkpolicy.htm)
No Hair – no Glory? 1 Corinthians 11:2-34
I was in a school recently, and a photo on the wall of the prefects showed every single girl with long hair. I am convinced it was a fashion/peer pressure/beauty thing and do not think many of them had been taking advice from 1 Corinthians 11. Sometimes verses like this can be a bit perplexing, but it seems that in the middle-eastern culture at the time having hair un-covered was seen as a scandal – usually only husbands saw wives with their hair down. Though some other theology is introduced in the passage, at the heart of it is a concern that we should try to act appropriately, especially those of the opposite sex, wherever and whenever we can. Should I display my belly button in church – should I flash my pecks? These are might be moments when it could be right to hold off expressing ourselves so we can respect others.
No Shout – no Glory? Psalm 98:1-9
It is so great to finish off a day of reading the bible with a great song. Say this one out loud and turn it into worship…find a place today where you could be able to obey verse 4 ‘shout for joy to the Lord…burst into jubilant song!’ We can sing, remember that the world was made for His Glory, and that at the end of the day (verse 9) the whole universe will see how just and fair God is.
Today’s picture was taken by…
Adam Collins . Thanks Adam!
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