February 9, 2017

Today you should read: 1 Kings 3:1-15

You have probably seen a movie or heard a story about someone who has had the opportunity to make a wish or the ability to choose something that they wanted no strings attached. Often what happens in that moment in almost all of those kinds of stories is that the person chooses out of selfishness or greed. The result of these stories never end well.

Now in this passage if you look at verse 5 the Lord appears to Solomon and essentially offers him the ability to “make a wish.” However, Solomon does something amazing. He does not ask for money or status or anything that is viewed as a possession. Solomon looks at himself and the task before him, which is to fill the shoes of his father David. After realizing the bigness of this task he cries out to God a request for wisdom and a discerning mind. So God grants Solomon the wisdom and discernment and on top of that He grants him riches and honor. God gives beyond what is asked. When we make requests to God that are within his will, He is glad to honor them and gives beyond what we can imagine.

So what does this mean for us? It means that we as followers of Christ have a huge task at hand that we cannot accomplish without God, just like Solomon had a task in front of him that he could not accomplish alone. Our task is the great commission. We are to share with the world the good news of Jesus. We however are broken and in need of the Lord. So rather than praying to God about selfish desires and gain, should we not pray to the father for things such as wisdom in order to better serve Him and advance the Kingdom?

By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “February 9, 2017”

  1. I find it interesting that all of this happened in a dream. We tend to be pretty honest in our dreams, and so here we get this neat little glimpse into the true nature of Solomon’s heart at the time, both his insecurities and his desires. It kinda makes me wonder what I would ask the Lord for in a situation when all of my filters are stripped away.

  2. Good posts. Its amazing the value Solomon attached to wisdom. I wonder how our world would be different if we put wisdom at the top of the list when we ask God for things. As we recently saw in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I’m glad wisdom is available to us just like it was to Solomon.

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