From the top down, living a great life starts at home. As parent and King, Solomon saw the lives of his people and the lives of his family—including his own. In that review, once again one common theme remained—when directed by God, life is rich and full. Conversely, when we try our hand at running the show…well, things never end very nicely.
As a leader, God uses us to direct his blessings. If we allow it, he can flow his blessings through us and allow us to build a legacy that is rich and sweet—Like a clear stream of sweet water.
As people, while we may think that we are doing a stellar job—God is checking our hearts. Is our underlying motive in line, or, are we simply checking boxes? Are we haughty and proud? Are we shifty and deceitful? Are we demanding and generally disagreeable? Those factors are like beacons that show God and, if we are watching, us whether we are honoring him with our lives.
There really is no formula to being done with following God. It is a lifelong pursuit. In it, we encounter life from all aspects—good, bad and ugly. If we face life with God in charge—it becomes a rich and wonderful event. If not, it is simply a hopeless drudgery—one that no matter the circumstance, remains empty and meaningless. He leaves it in our hands, however, to choose whether to trust him or to simply do our own thing—don’t fool yourself, there is only one rght answer.
God Bless You
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
2 People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.
3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
6 Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.
7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just.
8 The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road.
9 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
10 Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.