10 June: The Center of Trade Agreements

In an unstable world that’s focused on shaping and protecting prosperity, today’s chapter reveals a solid axle at the center of everything…

READ 1 Kings 10  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Having turned sixty, I’m in a solid position for looking back and reflecting on my life – especially on what makes a good picture and what makes someone’s life “prosperous” in such a way that it’s a good story to tell. However, if the wheels have come off my notion of “blessing”, what is the solid axle that keeps life not just turning, but moving forward in a thriving way.

King Solomon’s experience in today’s chapter, is the world’s greatest example not just of the spokes and the traction gained from the tread on the wheels of prosperity, but the central hub to his kingdom as well. After 20 years in office, King Solomon’s Trade Agreements were extensive. [v14-15,22,28-29] In Solomon’s day, silver was considered of little value – as common as stones. [v21,27] The secret of his success – what was at the center of Solomon’s Trade Agreements – was his access to supernatural wisdom. [v1]

At the hub of everything and the on-going success of what Solomon had built up, was a certain kind of wisdom that spun on a solid axle in his relationship with his Creator God. The proof of this is in the fact that when the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon, instead of giving him “all the glory”, having first set out from her country because of the Name of the Lord [v1] she then directed all her praises to their Creator God. [v8-9] Read More? …CLICK on “10 June – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the One who made you specifically to rule? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

How great You are, Sovereign Lord! There’s no one like You, and there’s no God but You, as we’ve heard with our own ears. [2 Samuel 7:22]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Republic of Guinea[b]
  • Your Country: International Students
  • Yourself: Health for Serving God
  • Your concerns for today
Lord, there’s no one like You to help the powerless against the mighty. Help me, Lord my God, for I rely on You, and in Your name I stand against the greatest of problems. Lord, You are my God; don’t let mere mortals succeed against You. [2 Chronicles 14:11]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love. According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. [Psalm 51:1-2]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Jesus said: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” [John 15:15]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” [Romans 12:6-8]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/guia/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31