Monday, October 1, 2012

1 Kings 3- Solomon Asks for Wisdom

1 Kings 3:11-14 And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days."

The passage tells us that "Solomon loved the LORD". Evidence of this is his obedience to the "statutes of David his father" and also of his extravagant sacrifices - "one thousand burnt offerings on that altar" (v.3-4). Solomon's love for the LORD was demonstrated by his commitment to the Word and to Worship. What about us? Derek Prince once wrote something to this effect: "Our attitude towards the Written Word (Bible) is exactly the same as our attitude towards the Living Word (Jesus Christ)--nothing more and nothing less."

My reflections on 1 Kings 3:
  • God Fulfill the Desires of those who Delight in Him: Because of his commitment to the Word & Worship, God came to him in a dream to fulfill Solomon's desires. As the psalmist says in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Solomon was given this opportunity to ask for anything and the Lord would grant him his request. Those who are committed to the Word and Worship receive special favour in their prayers. The Apostle John affirms this truth in 1 John 3:22, "Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him."
  • Solomon Asks for Wisdom: Solomon's priority was to lead God's people well, so he asked for wisdom. This request resonates with God and Solomon received what he asked for. And more -- riches, honour and long life! When we put God's agenda first (seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness), he adds to us riches, honour and long life. Christians don't seek riches, honour and long life -- these are added to those who seek first to align their life with God's agenda.
PRAYER: Lord, what a privilege and joy to serve You and to put Your Kingdom agenda as a top priority because we know that in doing so, You will add other temporal blessings that we don't ask for. May You teach us to pray always, "Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Amen. 

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