Read 2 Chronicles 9
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 9:8- "Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”
Observations- The Queen of Sheba was deeply impressed by the wisdom and wealth of Solomon. She equated that with having the full blessing of God, which is often affirmed in Scripture. It is also, however, not a given that great wealth or power automatically equals the blessing of God. Poverty and a lack of power aren't automatically signs of a lack of blessing in someone's life either.
Application- When things go our way in this life, we give thanks to God for our rich blessings. When things don't go our way in this life, we still give thanks to God for our rich blessings. Our gratitude to God must not merely be related to favorable circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us to "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful (when???) in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
Prayer- (by Thomas Cranmer- 1489-1556) Lord God, You have taught us that anything we do without love is worth nothing, for whoever lives without love is counted dead before you; send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues; grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.
"For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." (Matthew 5:45b),
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