1) Have you seen God's graciousness and long-suffering? God doesn't retaliate; rather, He seeks to bring us to repentance and obedience. What does this provoke in your heart? And how should you live if God is in control of your life?
Application of 1 Kings
2) Have you seen how a person can start well in his walk with the Lord and then turn away? What do you think causes this? What can you do to prevent this in your own life? Go back and review what you have listed in the margin regarding the kings and their relationship with the Lord. What lessons have you learned that you can apply to your life?
3) Did you notice the sovereignty of God-how He turns hearts, directs spirits, raises up and puts down kings and others in order to accomplish His purpose and will? Are you living in the light of this truth about God?
4) Have you been thinking that you had to be absolutely perfect before God could use you? Did you see how Elijah was a man "of like passions" just like you and yet God used him? What have you learned about this in 1 Kings? When David's life was over, didn't God call David a man after His own heart? Frailties and all, David was a man of God because he believed and obeyed God.
1 Kings Themes of Application
Solomon’s wisdom, power, and achievements brought honor to the Israelite nation and to God. All the kings of Israel and Judah were told to obey God and to govern according to his laws. But their tendency to abandon God’s commands and to worship other gods led them to change the religion and government to meet their personal desires. This neglect of God’s law led to their downfall.
Wisdom, power, and achievement do not ultimately come from any human source; they are from God. No matter what we lead or govern, we can’t do well when we ignore God’s guidelines. Whether or not we are leaders, effectiveness depends upon listening and obeying God’s Word. Don’t let your personal desires distort God’s Word.
Solomon’s Temple was a beautiful place of worship and prayer. This sanctuary was the center of Jewish religion. It was place of God’s special presence and housed the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments.
A beautiful house of worship doesn’t always guarantee heartfelt worship of God. Providing opportunities for true worship doesn’t ensure that it will happen. God wants to live in our hearts, not just meet us in a sanctuary.
Although the Israelites had God’s law and experienced his presence among them, they became attracted to others gods. When this happened, their hearts became cold to God’s law, resulting in the ruin of families and government, and eventually leading to the destruction of the nation.
Through the years; the people took on the false qualities of the false gods they worshiped. They became cruel, power-hungry, and sexually perverse. We tend to become what we worship. Unless we serve the true God, we will become slaves to whatever takes his place.
The prophet’s responsibility was to confront and correct any deviation from God’s law. Elijah was a bolt of judgment against Israel. His messages and miracles were a warning to the evil and rebellious kings and people.
The Bible, the truth in sermons, and the wise counsel of believers are warnings to us. Anyone who points out how we deviate from obeying God’s Word is a blessing to us. Changing our lives in order to obey God and get back on track often takes painful discipline and hard work.
Each king had God’s commands, a priest or prophet, and the lessons of the past to draw him back to God. All the people had the same resources. Whenever they repented and returned to God, God heard their prayers and forgave them.
God hears and forgives us when we pray-if we are willing to trust him and turn from sin. Our desire to forsake our sin must be heartfelt and sincere. Then he will give us a fresh start and a desire to live for him.