A Lesson From the Wisest Man


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“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7

Have you ever asked God for something? Did you get it? Maybe you had to wait. Maybe God said no.

What makes the difference in the way God answers our prayers?

This morning my devotion was on Solomon. I read from 1 Kings 3.

Solomon was just a child when He was called to be king. Immediately Solomon realized that he alone could not do the job he had been called to do. In verse 5 God tells Solomon, Ask! What shall I give you?”

In verses 7 and 9 we read Solomon’s reply: Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.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?” 

  It did not take Solomon long to realize that he was not in and of himself equipped for the job to which he had been called. He realized that he would need God’s guidance and help if he was going to do the job that had been set before him.

How many times do we set out to accomplish a task, never stopping to ask God for His blessing much less seek His guidance in completing this task? How many times are we disappointed when things do not go the way we had planned for them to go? I believe that there is a lesson to be learned from Solomon.

As we continue to read in I Kings 3:10, we see that God was pleased with the request of Solomon. He could have asked for anything he wanted, yet the only thing he asked of God was wisdom. Solomon wanted an understanding heart so that he might judge the people adequately.

In being honest with yourself, what would you have asked for? You might have asked for plenty of money, good health, or a new car. Do you think that wisdom would have been your request? I have to be honest with you and tell you that wisdom probably would not have been my first request. Solomon knew exactly what he was in need of at that moment, and he asked God for it. I believe that we need to learn from this part of the Scripture. We need to make sure that we have our priorities in order. When God asks us, “What shall I give you?” we need to make sure that we answer with a pure heart, and with a heart that has God’s will in mind, not our own fleshly desires.

In verse 11, we read God’s response to Solomon:  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, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given 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. God did just as Solomon had asked. He gave Solomon wisdom and understanding so that He could judge the people. And they lived happily ever after, right?

No, there is more to this part of the story. Let us keep reading and see what else God tells Solomon.

If we continue to read, in verse 13 we find that God tells Solomon:And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”  It amazes me to see that not only did God give Solomon what he had asked for, but He also blessed him with even more than he had asked. 

As I read this portion of Scripture this morning, I asked the question, “Why did God see fit to bless Solomon with even more than he had asked?” Why do you think this is? As I pondered this question, Matthew 6:33 came to my mind. It reads: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” It then occurred to me: God knew Solomon’s heart. God knew with what intentions Solomon was requesting wisdom. God knew that Solomon had his priorities straight, and because of that, God blessed Solomon with what he asked plus even more.

So what do I want us to take from this lesson this morning? I want us to remember to keep our priorities in order. When God says to you, Ask! What shall I give you?”  remember this story. Remember how Solomon asked God for what he was really in need of, and THEN God blessed Solomon with even more. I want us to remember that God takes care of His children. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. It is up to us, however, to make sure that we have things in the right order. Let us remember to seek the kingdom of God first, and then trust God to take care of our needs. We might even find that He blesses us with some of our wants as well.

I pray this has encouraged your heart today. God is so good. He loves us beyond measure. I want us to focus on serving Him and doing His will. Then I want us to trust that God will take care of us.

God bless you friend.

Where do we Go?


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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

Where do you go when you need help?

“Well,” you might say,”that is a pretty open-ended question.”

It all depends on what kind of help you are looking for, correct?

If I am wanting to build a house, I would go to a building contractor, or at least someone who had successfully built a house before.

If I want to plant a garden, where do I go? I would go to a green house, or to a home improvement store where I could ask questions and buy supplies.

Any project we are looking to embark upon would be best started only after consulting the right people, obtaining the knowledge needed to make wise decisions, and then securing the needed supplies to finish the project successfully.

Why then do we so often jump off into life without first taking the time to prepare?

My husband and I have a dream of building/buying a new home some day. We have been praying about it and exploring our options. Yesterday, we made the decision to go look at some houses and ask some questions. It did not take us long to realize that we had jumped the gun just a bit.

What started out as an adventure to find a home, soon turned into a multitude of questions for which we had no answers, and more information than one mind could possibly absorb in one evening.

As we started home, I wearily looked at my husband and said, “We need to keep praying,” to which he humbly agreed.

Too many times in life, we are so eager to get something done that we forget to properly prepare.

As I think back on the events that unfolded Yesterday, I am reminded of Solomon. Here was a young man who suddenly finds himself  in a position for which he realizes he is not qualified.  Solomon cried out to God for wisdom and God honored that prayer. (1 Kings 3)

When we find ourselves faced with a situation that we do not understand, or feel we are not properly equipped for, the first thing we should do is cry out to God. Sadly, many times we leave this step out and carelessly wonder in our own ignorance for some time. Only after we have exhausted all our energy do we seek God’s guidance and wisdom.

I want to encourage you today with what I feel God has been speaking to me. When you face tough decisions, seek God first. There is no shame is saying, “I need to pray about this.” Go to God, cry out as Solomon did, and seek the wisdom that can only come from our Heavenly Father. Then, when you have been filled with God’s wisdom, when you have the knowledge you need to make a wise decision, go forward. Move forward, however, only after you are sure that you are following God’s will and not the desires of your own heart or the desires of men.

God will bless those who seek Him first. The Bible tells us:

” But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,

thou shalt find him,

if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:29″

I pray you find encouragement in these Scriptures this morning.

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”

Jim Elliot