Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Since we have the holiday tomorrow, today is really my Friday, work wise. After today, I will be off work until Monday, So glad to have some R & R with my family & friends. Today, I am linking in with two sweet ladies over at Upward Not Inward. Each Wednesday, they get together & tell what the Word has been saying to them, that week. They are kind enough to share this with others. Without further delay, I give you what the Word has been saying to me this week.
Reading along about the story of Solomon in I Kings, I ran across the beautiful conversation God & Solomon had. In chapter 3: 3 it says that Solomon loved the Lord. In verse 5 the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream.
God tells Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
Solomon starts out by acknowledging what God has done for him & his family. Then, he says to God in verse 9,
Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and veil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?
Solomon, one who has been chosen by God to rule His people can ask for ANYTHING in the world. He could have asked for riches, fortune, or fame. He did not, though. He asked for an understanding heart to aid him in making the best decisions possible for others. What a humble & amazing thing to ask for. Truly, God was impressed with this. v. 10 says,
The speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
Because he was so proud of Solomon for wanting to do the best job possible, God blessed him. v. 11
Then God said to him: Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice. v.12 behold, I have done according to your words, see, I have give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. v.13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches & honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings of your days.
It is so easy to get caught up in the “I want, I need, I have to have” attitude. I will not want or need a thing. Then, I go to the mall & WHAT DO YOU KNOW! Stuff everywhere, that I don’t know how I was making it without all of it!! If God asked me what He could give me, I am so afraid I would ask for something so superficial that I would never get anything I really could use. Like a wise & understanding heart.
Geez Louise, Solomon, you really nailed it on the head.
I just pray that I can be selfless, always thinking of others, & a servant like Solomon was.
Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit with me today. Go on over to Upward Not Inward & link in with Falen & Laura. You will be glad you did! I hope you have a wonderful day! As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.