Saturday, June 13, 2015

scorpions?

today's readings: 1 Kings 11:1-12:19, Acts 9:1-25, Psalm 131:1-3, Proverbs 17:4-5

well, Solomon makes some unwise decisions in today's reading. i can hardly blame him. who hasn't made bad decisions because of being in love? but he chose poorly, and his women led him away from God and lost his sons the kingdom.

but rehoboam makes another really bad decision. he is given really good advice by the older men in his counsel. but he rejects it and listens to the radical young men, which is usually a bad idea. they tell him to be harsh to his subjects, and to threaten them. they say to tell his people he will whip them with scorpions... which doesn't even make any sense. how do you whip someone with a scorpion?

anyway, he follows their stupid advice and loses the kingdom.

fortunately, we have the NT reading to cheer us up. Saul is knock off his donkey (sometimes we need that) and blinded on top of that, to get his attention. he's told that he's going to do amazing things for God, and to suffer for Him as well.

God, i ask You to get my attention. please help me to listen to wise counsel, and not be led astray by the things that so easily lure me.

1 comment:

Bob Reedy said...

Amen. I've prayed the same prayer several times.