By Warren W. Wiersbe
Based at the booklet of one Kings, this examine bargains a compelling distinction among those who find themselves responsible to God and others, and people who constantly shift the blame to others.
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Extra info for Be Responsible. Being Good Stewards of God's Gifts
If you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands …” The Lord gave Solomon the choice to take responsibility for his character flaws by walking in His ways according to His Word. One of God’s requirements for every king of Israel was to make a personal copy of the book of Deuteronomy, to literally write it out by hand. “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself these laws on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. ” Now, why was this so important? The Lord explained, “That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.
Solomon tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18 NIV). Solomon had a clear understanding of the tragic consequences of pride, yet he allowed it to run unchecked throughout his life, and it eventually shipwrecked his faith. The book of 1 Kings is a case study on the effects of pride. ” And it’s in this vice of pride that we discover just how different Solomon was from his father, David. David was not an arrogant man. Yes, he had his issues, but David never forgot that it was the Lord who raised him up from the status of a lowly shepherd boy to become king of Israel.
The ship was so impressive that she was thought to be unsinkable, yet five days into her maiden voyage the impossible happened. The radio operators ignored at least fourteen warnings from other ships of hazardous ice fields. Six of those warnings they received on the day of the disaster. The Titanic was fitted with only twenty lifeboats, and many passengers didn’t bother to board the first lifeboats, because they thought the ship would not sink. The sinking of the Titanic has become one of the world’s great disasters, and all because of pride.
Be Responsible. Being Good Stewards of God's Gifts by Warren W. Wiersbe