Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 1
The book of 2 Chronicles begins with the new reign of King Solomon. Solomon is the son of David, the most popular and revered king that Israel ever had. While none of us are Solomon and can’t apply directly some of the things we see here, we can also see there are principles that we can observe and ask God for grace to emulate in our own lives.
1. Solomon sought God.
One of the first things we see is that Solomon brought himself and others together to seek the Lord. What he was being asked to do was a monumental task—to take over leadership of Israel from his father David. So what is the first thing we see in the text? He came before God and offered sacrifices to Him, which was an act of worship.
2. Solomon sought wisdom.
If God were to come to you tonight and say to you “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (v. 7) what would you respond with? When you’re being honest with yourself, the answer to that question reveals everything about your heart. What does Solomon ask for? “Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?” (v. 10) Instead of asking to receive popularity or power, he asks for wisdom.
3. Solomon sought stewardship.
God’s response is to say that because Solomon had a pure heart in wanting wisdom to care well for his people, his prayer would be answered and then some. I want to make it clear though, that if you have a pure heart and seek wisdom above all else, you are not guaranteed to have a life of money and luxury. Remember that our savior Jesus Christ is the wisest man to ever walk the earth (yes, even wiser than Solomon), and he had no place to lay his head (Luke 9:58).
But God did choose to bless Solomon, and we see that Solomon was a good steward of his position.
When you think about your life, it is a life where you are seeking to steward it well for the glory of God? Is it marked by worship and seeking wisdom? Because of Jesus, we have been given the opportunity to live these characteristics out for a watching world to see.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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Good word to start the weekend Graham! James 1:5 is a verse many of us have memorized over years of studying the Bible. As you mentioned Graham, gaining wisdom doesn’t necessarily lead to a life of earthly riches as we clearly see in the life of Jesus. Although Solomon possessed great wisdom his heart of flesh ultimately lead him down a path of earthly pleasures and emptiness. In John chapter 15 Jesus tells us that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Our wisdom is completely wasted if we don’t stay connected to the True Vine. Thanks again for the commentary today Graham.
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.”