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Job 1:22
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

How quick the world is to charge God with wrongdoing! Anything that goes contrary to what men want they blame on God. Some are so angry at God that they punish him by denying His existence! But Job was a man who truly believed. He had truly experienced the reality of God’s love and forgiveness and help in time of need. He had been richly blessed by God. He had the desire to bring honor to His Name, whatever the outcome for his own personal life. So he did not charge God with wrongdoing. He grew to lament his own life and to wish he had never been born. But he worshiped God. Jesus suffered according to God’s will, and we live because He died. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for embracing suffering, that we might live.
Esther 1:22
He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, proclaiming in each people's tongue that every man should be ruler over his own household.

When the king made a decree, it was possible for absolutely everyone in the whole empire, whatever their language and whatever their position, to know what was required of them. This decree had to do with the husband’s authority over the wife. But this universal decree only served as the parameter in which women were to operate. Women have always had skill to turn the restriction into a tool. God gave Esther wisdom and skill to operate within the restrictions and yet move to save her people from destruction. Lord, help us to move within restrictions we cannot change to serve and glorifiy Jesus our Savior before the world.

Nehemiah 1:11
"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man."

This is the conclusion of a wonderful prayer, worshiping God, remembering His covenant, urging His promises, focusing Nehemiah’s soul in a longing for the blessing of God’s people. Nehemiah wants to be used of God, but is entirely conscious that he is not able to open the opportunity. He prays that God will open the opportunity today. But it Does not seem that God did so that day. Nehemiah kept waiting and hoping, and when God does give an opening, Nehemiah will offer a short prayer, and plunge in. Lord Jesus, help us to keep “prayed up” and ready for Your moving in our lives, too.
Ezra 1:11
In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

It is astonishing that this many articles of gold and silver should have been preserved after the capture of the Temple seventy years before. Who would have had authority to keep them? How could it all have been recorded? Who would have access that could bring them up out of storage? If man, even before the days of technology, could accomplish such a thing, how much more can God keep His promise to bring our every idle thought into judgment! That ancient man could do what they did for Ezra reminds us of our accountability before God. He has record of every act, deed, word, thought. Lord, thank You for Jesus’ taking away of our sins. Help us walk with Him this day.
2 Chronicles 1:17
They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Top-of-the-line luxury vehicles was one commercial line that Solomon took on, and this kind of thing sold well among international royalty. When Solomon says in Ecclesiastes that he had done everything, it really meant everything. Opulence was one of things Solomon pursued, and the Lord gave it to him, along with wisdom and success and accomplishment in every area. This is the man who will tell us with frustration that all is vanity and a striving after wind. Solomon felt what every person must feel who pursues the pleasures of this world apart from a relationship with God. We, all of us, need Jesus in our heart of hearts. Help, Lord Jesus!
1 Chronicles 1:54
Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.

It is not entirely clear why God lists the rulers of Edom. Edom was descended as a nation from Esau. God makes repeated references to Edom being brothers of Israel, but they are always given over to idolatry and other wickedness, and God ultimately will decree their complete destruction. The book of Obadiah celebrates the final and complete destruction of Edom. Why does God preserve, maintain, and use a nation He has purposed ultimately to destroy? Why should Israel be careful not to offend people so committed to oppose God? We bow before God in who we oppose and how we oppose them. He has purposes far beyond our appreciation. Lord, help us to stand firm against Your foes, and bear their power over us as You ordain. Jesus bore with us, and then made us His own.

2 Kings 1:18
As for all the other events of Azariah's reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?

There were no computers in Biblical times, and no “cloud” from which to gather relevant data, but very careful record was preserved of the reign of kings. Here there is reference of where those records were stored. We do not have these sources to consider because it was not God’s purpose to preserve them. What is preserved for us in the Bible is the inspired record of the things God has been doing in His world and among His people. The lessons taught are preserved for our instruction. Thank You, Lord, for preserving that portion of the record that speaks to us of Christ. Help us see Him as we study your Word. Help us walk in His light.
1 Kings 1:53
Then king Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, "Go to your home."

Adonijah had tried to take the throne from Solomon, but has shown repentance, and Solomon has agreed that he shall live, as long as no evil is found in him. But it will not be long before Adonijah will begin a move to take the crown from Solomon. Solomon recognizes the move, and Adonijah, and Joab will be killed. Abiathar the priest is in cahoots with them, and is deposed. Evil motives will out, and judgment will come. We would all be doomed, were it not for Jesus, who forgives our sins and changes our hearts. Help us to live for You this day, Lord Jesus. Take all treachery from our hearts, and enable us to serve You.

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