Today our guest blogger is Tari Ambler!!
We continue today reading about the reign of Solomon in 2 Chronicles. In the Hebrew Bible, 1 and 2 Chronicles were one book and my Bible notes on Chronicles say it simply means the record of the things left out of Samuel and Kings. We read of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth, hearing again of how God bestowed Solomon with great wisdom, then great wealth. Chapters 2 and 3 are about the preparation for building and the construction of the temple, which God had instructed David not to build. Solomon obeyed God and followed his will.
All of Psalm 78 is meant to remind Israel of their sins and of the consequences that followed. God blessed them coming out of Egypt with manna and then quail to eat, but they still complained, so God punished them for their disobedience. This cycle happened again and again. You’d think the Israelites would have learned from their past mistakes. But wait a minute- doesn’t the same thing happen to us? God blesses us and loves us dearly, yet we still make mistakes. We repent, but then turn around and do the same thing over again. Friends, if we trust in God and truly are sorry, He can change our hearts. Stay in the Word and prayer each day to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 12 (I know I have chapter 13- I’ll get to it.), Paul talks about the different gifts the Holy Spirit gives each of us who are all part of the body of Christ, but we don’t all have the same gifts. It ends with 31 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.We then pick up in chapter 13- The Gift of Love (the greater gift.) Paul compares love with gifts such as tongues, prophetic powers, understanding mysteries, knowledge, faith and giving goods to feed the poor. If we don’t have love, we have gained nothing. He then uses vs. 4 – 8 to describe what love is and how it relates to our gifts and our faith. I learned the following from my study Bible- Faith, hope and love are the three most important graces. The first two are needed only in this present life, but love will remain forever, even in heaven. I hadn’t thought about it that way before. What a comforting thought, love forever!
Brothers and sisters, show your love of God to others by loving them today.