E100 Devotion – Day 37June 11, 2012
Reading: 1 Kings 2-3
David told his son Solomon how he could succeed in fulfilling his calling. He reminded him of the same things Moses reminded Joshua. He said: be strong (be a man), walk in His ways, statutes, commandments, judgments and Testimonies as it is written in the law (Word), that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go. I guess it still worked? It never has stopped working!
David asked Solomon to balance the scales of Kingdom justice and eliminate the current threats to the Kingdom and all of those who had violated Kingdom authority. In so doing Solomon showed his ability to make the hardest of decisions, including the execution of his oldest brother.
Solomon fulfills his father’s directives and established the kingdom. He loved the Lord and made an outstanding sacrificial offering. His generosity and obedience got God’s attention.
Then Solomon had a dream, when God appeared and asks Solomon “What can I give you? Here in lies a key to the heart of God – obedience and generous sacrifice is what got God’s attention, but Solomon took it a step further in his request.
And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
1 Kings 3:8-10
Solomon asks for wisdom and an understanding heart, so he can best lead, and judge Gods people. Solomon’s request revealed his understanding of God’s heart – “Gods people!” He wanted to be able to discern between good and evil for the benefit of God’s people, in order to judge properly in solving disputes.
Too many today are looking out for themselves. God shows us through Solomon that when we care about what God care’s about, and seek to be better in fulfilling our God given purpose, everything else is added on to that.
God gave Solomon what he asked and then added riches honor and the highest level of material wealth in human history. Solomon’s wealth would be equivalent to a trillion dollars!
When we seek first our kingdom purpose, walk in God’s ways, and seek His guidance, everything else is added.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
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