Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Lessons from Solomon

Today I read 1 Kings chapter 3. In this chapter we discover that Solomon is now King instead of his father, David. Poor Solomon is feeling a little lost, and unsure whether he can rule as his father did before him. So what did he do? He turned to the one who could help him, his God. The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked Solomon what he wanted from him. Solomon asked for wisdom, and understanding to help rule God's people. And do you know what God's reply was? check this out!

11So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."

Not only did God grant Solomon his wisdom, but he gave him so much more! He gave Solomon riches and honor, and a long life. All because he asked God for wisdom, and that pleased God so much, that he wanted to heap his blessings on Solomon. That is a fantastic lesson! How many times do we not even ask God for help or for something. Here we have a lesson that not only do we get what we ask for, but sometimes God gives us more, and just decides that he wants to bless us even further. That is incredibly exciting, and a wonderful reminder of how often we don't ask God for something. Why not? Because he thinks it's unimportant? To God, there is no such thing, we are all important in his eyes. And if we are truly walking with him, he will give us the desires for the things he wants to give us, all we need to do is ask.

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