Pondering for Friday: August 30, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 16 Year 1

AM Psalm 16, 17; PM Psalm 22 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

“So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. There was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and the two of them made a treaty.”  (1 Kings 5:12)

God promised Solomon wisdom and bestowed wisdom upon him.  Solomon then worked with Hiram, king of Tyre and they formed a constructive friendship that had begun with Hiram’s friendship with David, Solomon’s father. It seems to me that part of Solomon’s wisdom was the understanding that he would need other people to accomplish what he wanted to do.  Even Solomon with all his wealth could not build a house to God without the help of people outside his control and his beliefs.  Perhaps this could be our wisdom as well.

There were many levels and all kinds of craftsmen and other workers going about the business of building the House to the Lord.  They had people working with cutting down trees from the forests of Lebanon.  They had ship’s crews transporting the wood to Israel. They had stone cutters and stone finishers such that no tool of iron was heard in and around the assembly site in Jerusalem. But everything went together really well as if by the very hand of God,

I think the same is true today.  In order to have a viable church we must have agreement among the leadership like Solomon and Hiram and we must have influence with the people who have the talent that can bring the church together and continue to maintain it. Some of the support for the church comes from within the church and some from around the church through other community help organizations such as schools, urban ministries, and well known and established charitable organizations like the Red Cross and United Way and others. All such efforts are to the glory of God and there is no need to always re-invent the wheel. 

We just had our “Crank Up.”  This is what we call our annual “fill the needs of the Church” recruitment program.  We will only know the success of our efforts as time goes by. But this recruitment is reaching to people already in the pews.  David went to Tyre. Perhaps today our churches need to humble ourselves and reach to agencies outside its walls that have the shared goal of helping the needy. 

Finally, there is the idea of building a house for God within ourselves.  This should be the first house built.  Solomon already had a house for God within himself before he ventured out. Solomon prayed for understanding and so should we.  We need, inside ourselves, that house not made with hands eternal in the heavens. Once this house is established the brick and mortar house will not be far behind and the one already established will not only be viable, it will have vitality.

Let us ponder anew what the Almighty is doing. John+

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