Be Faithful and Finish Well | A Free Online Study of King Solomon

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Sarah Koontz, author Wisdom Whispers - A free Online Bible Study of King Solomon

Article By: Sarah Koontz

One of our very favorite Bible verses to pray over our Living by Design community is Ephesians 1:7, ”  I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

The Holy Spirit is our spiritual GPS—guiding us to our biblical destination.

But we all know that GPS is of no use to us unless it’s able to establish a connection with a satellite.

And our spiritual GPS is not different.

If we aren’t regularly drawing near to God through prayer and consistent Bible study, we may misinterpret our spiritual GPS signals (if we receive them at all).

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As a result, we may end up driving into a lake.  Sort of like what Michael Scott did in this episode of the Office hubby and I recently re-watched on Netflix…

 “That’s how it goes sometimes, you know?  You lose everything, everything falls apart, and eventually you die, and no one remembers you.” – Dwight Schrute

What a quote! I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely NOT the legacy I want to leave here on earth.

I’ve been studying the life and writings of King Solomon for the past six months, and I’m sad to say, he is a man who was not faithful and did not finish well.

Somewhere in the midst of all his fame, wealth, and wisdom, King Solomon disconnected his spiritual GPS system.

And ended up in the bottom of the lake.

1 Kings 3:3 says, “Solomon loved the LORD by walking in the statutes of his father David, but he also sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.”

But he also…

It was this big “but” that interfered with Solomon’s spiritual GPS signal and caused his heart to be led astray.

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Wisdom Whispers be faithful and finish well | A Character Study of King Solomon

I did a little research on GPS, and discovered a fascinating little fact:

GPS devices don’t actually contact satellites and transmit information to them. They only receive data from satellites—data that’s being always-transmitted.

They don’t do the work, they just receive the data. But they have to be in a position where the data can reach them.

Can you tell where I’m going with this?

God is always, always, always communicating with us.  He does this in two specific ways:

General Revelation (Creation)

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.” -Psalm 19:1

Specific Revelation (Bible)

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17

They work in harmony with one another—providing insight into God’s beautiful design for our lives.

But…

Yes! There’s another but…

Without an active spiritual GPS system, we’ll never understand God’s works or learn how to walk in His ways.

Jesus Christ is the only one with the power to connect us to the GPS signal from our Heavenly Father.

John 14:6 says, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Because of Jesus death and resurrection, we not only have access to the Father, we also have access to His spiritual GPS receiver through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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John 16:8 gives us a clearer picture of the Holy Spirit’s role in all of this, “When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.”

God’s Spirit, dwelling in us, connecting us to the Father and convicting us of sin. WOW!

Let’s break this GPS example down for a moment.

God the Father is the satellite in the sky sending us a heavenly signal.
Jesus Christ is the radio waves transmitting the signal to God’s people.
The Holy Spirit is the receiver listening for signals from the satellite.

God’s divine GPS is set up to guide us to His intended destination.

But only if our GPS receiver is turned on and we have Jesus connecting us to the Father’s signal. Right?

Join us for Sarah Koontz' brand new study of King Solomon titled "Wisdom Whispers." All you need to complete this free online Bible study is 15-minutes per day and your mobile device. God's wisdom is unlike anything this world has to offer. But we must seek it diligently, listen to it attentively, obey it fully, and follow it sincerely. #wisdomwhispers #biblestudy

Solomon was faithful to God…some of the time.
Solomon worshiped God..but he also…worshiped idols.
Solomon started strong…and finished poorly.

How could a man with so much wisdom and favor from God end his life in shame and regret?

The answer is simple, really. He stopped following his spiritual GPS. 

The further he got from his intended path, the weaker the signal became. And before he knew it, he could no longer hear the whispers of wisdom in his own life.

Thus becoming the main character in a cautionary tale for us all.

How we respond to God’s heavenly GPS is a matter of life and death. It’s a decision that has eternal consequences.

God’s GPS is meant to protect, direct, and perfect us.

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God’s wisdom is unlike anything this world has to offer.

But we must seek it diligently, listen to it attentively, obey it fully, and follow it sincerely.

This is the secret to being faithful and finishing well. The one thing Solomon, in all his glory, failed to realize.

Let’s not make the same mistake!

Join us for Sarah Koontz' brand new study of King Solomon titled "Wisdom Whispers." All you need to complete this free online Bible study is 15-minutes per day and your mobile device. God's wisdom is unlike anything this world has to offer. But we must seek it diligently, listen to it attentively, obey it fully, and follow it sincerely. #wisdomwhispers #biblestudy

An Invitation to Join Us for the Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

Solomon began his reign with wisdom and ended it with folly. We will explore what went wrong and do our best to learn from his mistakes.

The Wisdom Whispers Bible study will teach you how to …

  • Establish a Right Relationship with God
  • Acquire and Apply God’s Wisdom
  • Be Skillful and Successful in Your Relationships
  • View the World Through the Grid of God’s Truth
  • Be Diligent, Disciplined, and Obedient
  • Listen for God’s Voice In Your Daily Life

All you need to complete this free online Bible study is 15-minutes per day and your mobile device. 

Register today and don’t forget to invite your friends to join us as we learn how to listen for the whispers of wisdom in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life.

You will receive a welcome letter (+ a free gift!) once you confirm your subscription, and the first devotional will arrive in your inbox tomorrow morning.

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About the Author: Sarah Koontz

About the Author: Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is the founder of Living by Design Ministries, a non-profit organization that exists to deliver free Bible Studies to inboxes around the world. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah and her husband Ryan live on thirteen acres in the heart of the Black Hills, SD. They have two beautiful daughters, a rowdy flock of chickens, and a house full of foster kittens. Sarah is an avid gardener, a faithful coffee drinker, lover of one-pot-dinners, an unexpected homeschooler, and a Dallas Seminary student.

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