Welcome back, can you believe that it January is over? Last month we looked at Jabez Prayer of Hope, I have spoken with a few of you who were blessed by the blog. Which makes us really smile at Life Essence, so keep your testimonies coming in 🙂
Right Lets get to it….FEBRUARY HEAR WE COME!!!
That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said,” What do you Want”?
Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied ,”You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on the throne”.
” Now ,O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am a little child who doesn’t know his way around.
And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!
Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.
1 Kings Chapter 3 Verses 5-10 New Living Translation (NLT).
I have returned to Old Testament and 1 Kings, you may recall last year during our first themed blog series “It’s time now! I explored the relationship between King David and his son Solomon.
This months scripture focuses entirely on Solomon, the wisest man of that time of him becoming a king.
Have you often been asked the question what do you want?
Depending upon what you are doing at t he time, or the context, timing and the tone of the person asking you the question will almost certainly have an impact on your answer.
If someone asked you what you do want? I am sure you would have a long list of wants and desires; I want a better job, I want a new car, I want to be married, I want time by myself, I want a holiday. Notice how many I’s .
Right so lets get our focus on Solomon, he is about to become king and will be replacing his father. Realising that he was unqualified for such a huge role, with such great responsibility. He asked for two things wisdom and understanding.
What is lovable about Solomon is he thanked God firstly for giving him the position, as he recognised that it was not through his own efforts. He was also humble and knew he was not the finished article, describing himself as little child not knowing his way around. Kind of like a child going into his new school.
May be you can relate to Solomon, if you dig into your own experiences. I will Share how I relate to give you a bases.
When I gained a promotion in work a few years ago, just after a bereavement. I initially felt like a child, in a new setting. I prayed before embarking onto the new bigger role and responsibility. As a teenager my parents often would encourage, when praying to God was asking for wisdom and understanding. I now recognise the significance of this prayer! When Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding it pleased God, so He provided him with what he asked for as well as the things he didn’t even request.
The next time we are asked what do you want? Have a good think before you answer!
Lets Pray together….
Thank you God, you are worthy of the highest praise and honour. Help us all to appreciate what we often take for granted; seeing another day, another month, our health, our strength ,our jobs, college our friendships and family.
Help us to re-evaluate our priorities in life, and help us to gain more wisdom and a understanding heart.
Fill us with confidence and your presence.
When we encounter our individual situations Lord help us not to become preoccupied with obtaining the next thing, but help us to be thankful for what we already have.
Lord keep us and protect us.
In Jesus Name.
If you would like to read more about Solomon read 1 Kings and also book of Proverbs.
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