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July 20


Young Solomon was a guy out for a good time—a real party animal. His father was the king and he followed in his dad’s footsteps, and became king himself. Not bad work if you can get it.

When you are the king, you can do pretty much what you want to do. Solomon decided to live the “good life.” He spent all of his time and energy searching for the ultimate good time. His search for pleasure left him empty.

Next, he turned to the bottle, trying to find relief from his disappointment. He had access to the finest wines and he drank them. He didn’t get any relief and judged his time in the bottle as a foolish way to live.

Solomon got pretty serious after he turned from wine and pleasure seeking. He threw himself into his work. He built huge homes and gardens and worked hard at being king. His kingdom increased and became greater than any other king before him, but his accomplishments didn’t bring him any satisfaction.

Here is Solomon’s thoughts: “So I decided there is noth…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (

July 20

Mary D. James, 1810–1883
  For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)
  Once my hands were always trying,
  Trying hard to do my best;
  Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
  And my soul is all at rest.
—A. B. Simpson
Evangelist D. L. Moody once observed that there are three kinds of faith a Christian can have: a struggling faith, a clinging faith, or a resting faith. A resting faith is not some mystical feeling that we might experience at times in a church service or during a spiritually high moment. It is simply the daily repose of a life that has learned to relax and be comfortable in God’s providential care. Such an attitude is the result of ceasing to live for self and starting to live solely for God’s glory.
Medical people have long realized the relationship that exists between a happy, calm spirit and a healthy body. Doctors have often stated that…