S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the LORD and the wall around the city. At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the LORD had not yet been built.
Solomon loved the LORD and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship. The most important of these places of worship was at Gibeon, so the king went there and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings. That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” 1 Kings 3:1–5 NLT
Do you still honor and worship God even when things aren’t going well in your life?
Who do you trust to provide for you, to protect you, and to give you purpose? A good way to tell is who you rely on when you feel insecure. Some people rely God, others on the government, others on personal wealth, even others on their own individual strength. How about you?
If you were in charge of many people and God asked you what you wanted and needed most, what would you say?
Lord, thank you for being our provider, protector, and giver of purpose. Teach me to rely on you as my firm foundation for the future!