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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

By esther robinson


A servant of God told me that king Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month of the year (I Kings 4:7 NKJV). Further what he spoke amazed me.

King Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty kors of fine flour, sixty kors of meal, ten fatted oxen, twenty oxen from the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl. There was no lack in their supply (I Kings 4:22,23,27). I calculated the provision for just a month and my mind boggled.

Is there any lack in your life? Why should there be such a situation when God has given you the right to be called His child if you believe in His name? (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:19). God takes care of the land and the people in it (Deuteronomy 11:12). It is His desire that your soul should prosper always (III John 2; Psalm 34:10). The Holy Spirit is a person who understands you. When Jesus Christ sojourned in this earth, He wept (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Hebrews 5:7). Therefore, the resurrected Saviour asks this question to you. “My dear! Why are you weeping?” (John 20:15).

In India, there lived a certain devout man whose wife was admitted in hospital anticipating the arrival of a newborn. The Superintendent of Nurses after examination spoke to her. “No symptom of labor pains. Relax. I will attend on you tomorrow at six in the morning”. As usual, the following day the Superintendent of Nurses reported for duty. Upon seeing the mother holding her child she fumbled for words. “How? When did this take place?” She asked curiously. The woman quietly answered. “Are you joking? Why are you asking me such a question? You were with me all through the struggle. You took care of me like a mother, comforted and patted me and the new-born and now pretend as if you do not know.”

This is what had exactly happened. Unexpectedly, at two o’ clock in the morning that woman had developed birth pangs. Writhing in pain she had screamed for help. A beautiful girl baby was born. Both the mother and child were safe. Finally they came to this conclusion. “The Almighty God has responded the cry taking the form of a nurse”. They named the child as “Hallelujah” Just say, “My Governor is alive!”

The eyes and ears of the Lord were open and attentive to the prayers offered from the temple built by king Solomon (II Chronicles 7:15,16; Psalm 121:3,4). He is unchanging (Revelations 1:10). Therefore, all through the year He watches you. Even the hair on your head is numbered so that it may not get lost without His permission (Luke 12:7; Luke 21:18). All you have to do is this. Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22;Genesis 48;15). From today, on a daily basis, transfer all your troubles to God (II Corinthians 11:28).

A certain servant of God was busy executing the plans given by God and also took care of his family so much so that he had no time either to mend his socks or buy a new one. One day, he looked at the socks that resembled a sieve for a moment and then rushed to his place of work. The Almighty God also looked at his heart in the same instant. A pair of socks of a highly coveted brand entered his house in the form of a gift that evening. What could that devout say? He praised God. “Thank You my heavenly Father for being My Governor” (Philippians 4:19).

Are you crying like David? (Psalm 13:2; 38:12; 42:10; 56:1,2; 73:14; 86:3; 140:2). How to keep such anxieties on Him? Prayer is the only way because ‘Prayer Brings Victory’. Daniel and David are examples of people who learnt the art of talking to God three times a day (Psalm 55:17; 62:8; 142:1,2; Daniel 6:10; Lamentations 2:19). Prayer empowered them to turn every thorn into a rose through the power of the Almighty God. Remember that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for you with groaning (Romans 8:26). Therefore be filled with the Holy Spirit always (Ephesians 5:18). Cast all your cares onto Jesus Christ – the Governor. Relax and rejoice in the life that He has given you as a gift.

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Jan Ackerson 05/03/07
What a lot of research went into this entry! I so appreciate your meticulous study.

In a piece this short, such a large list of parenthetical references is a bit daunting. Consider choosing just a few references to expound on. To be honest, I glossed over all the references to get to the "meat."

Lots of great encouragement here!