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Nature of God Nature of Humanity
July 23, 2017
Time After Pentecost
"Nature of God - Nature of Humanity. Our Needs, God's Provision"
Focus Scriptures: 

1 Kins 3:5-12     Romans 8:26-39

In 1 Kings we see a very young Soloman now tasked with being king. He asks God only to give him wisdom, and a discerning mind, to be able to find understanding in the problems he will face. He does not ask for success or fame, he asks only for the tools that he needs to make his future, and his peoples future, successful. God answers his prayer and grants the wisdom he desires. In Romans, Paul tells us that God’s love for us is so complete that nothing can separate us from it. He will always be there to provide and help us along the way. In Him we are more than conquerors because He provides for us the tools we need in life. He knows what our needs are, just as He knew that what Soloman asked for was a tool he would need, and God will offer provision for our needs. He won’t make the outcome perfect for us, but He will equip us with what we need to get to the successful reality we seek. We need only ask for what we need, and God will provide the tools for our use.



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Daily Devotion
July 26, 2017

As children, we hear of whatever generation’s version of the genie in the bottle offering to grant three wishes. In 1 Kings 3:5-12, God came to Solomon in a dream offering to grant the young king whatever he wants. I am sure that I am not alone in daydreaming sometimes of what I would do if offered just one wish. Money to pay off my mortgage, put my boys through school and maybe retire in a cabin on a nice mountain lake. The ability to read people’s minds to better understand what others want instead of guessing and hoping. Then of course there are the pageant questions like wishing for world peace or a cure for cancer. Of course, in reading this passage, the reality sets in that this young king isn’t really even awestruck when God makes this offer, as I know I would be, but he is able to come up with a better answer than I could having given this thought. It is easy to think of oneself as not being selfish, but when confronted with this kind of opportunity, would it be easy to offer an answer like Solomon?

Written by Robbie Schwartz

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