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My Divine Devotions: God always makes a way

December 29, 2010
1 Kings 11:10-15 (NIV) 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

God stands by his word and always makes a way for us to get out of the situations we create as a result of our disobedience. Parents understand how difficult it is to discipline a child--yet the result of discipline is personal excellence.

God’s tenderness is revealed in his love for David and Israel. David was an imperfect man after God’s heart and God honored his faithfulness by having mercy on Solomon. God is waiting to reveal his tenderness to his children.

What a beautiful season to remember God’s tenderness, his mercy and his love for us. Our God is a powerful, personal God who doesn’t forget those who love him.


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