Did you know that God gave a list of laws for kings? Even more amazing is that one of the most famous kings of Israel broke every one of them! (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)
DO NOT ACQUIRE MANY—
—War horses, especially from Egypt. These were the armaments of that day, important for national security.
RATHER, strength and security are to be found in God alone.
—Wives, source of pleasure and delight.
RATHER, the heart’s delight is to be found in God alone who gives His good gifts.
RATHER, God Himself is to be our treasure. We look to Him for provision and honor.
–Make a personal copy of the Scripture and read it every day! In here we find all those things
Security: You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. (Psalm 119:114)
Pleasure: How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. (Psalm 119:103)
Treasure: Your teachings are worth more to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. (Psalm 119:72)
So what happened to Solomon when he amassed warhorses from Egypt, collected 1000 wives & concubines from many foreign nations, and accumulated stupendous wealth? You can read his sobering story in 1 Kings 10-11.
And after all these thousands of year, what person or nation hasn’t sought security, pleasure, and wealth? But why be taken in by the fakes which go sour, don’t last, and just disappoint? The real thing is found in only one place: God.
I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I’d rather be His than have riches untold
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land,
Yes, I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.
Than to be the king of a vast domain
And be held in sin’s dread sway
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
I’d rather have Jesus than worldly applause,
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame,
I’d rather be true to His holy name.
He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom,
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb.
He’s all my hungering spirit needs
I’d rather have Jesus and let him lead.
(by George Beverly Shea)
Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u62uYEssk7o