Our Nation: Day Thirteen

JANUARY 16TH, 2021      |     King David chose his son Solomon to succeed him as the ruler of God’s people. Solomon achieved greatness and wealth and was responsible for the construction of the Temple, the first permanent dwelling where God would meet with His people. In my opinion, his greatest moment is found in our reading today, 1 Kings 3:5-12. “In Gibeon (about 6 miles NW of Jerusalem) the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.’” (1 Ki 3:5) Can you imagine? Of all the things Solomon could have asked for in that moment, this was his response, “So give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” (1 Ki 3:9) Wow. It’s possible the leaders of our nation are praying for wisdom and discernment; I imagine some are. But whether they ever ask God for wisdom, we can and should ask for it on their behalf. We are admonished throughout scripture to pray for our leaders. Let’s follow the example of King Solomon and pray for wisdom and discernment to lead and govern. James reminds us of this promise, “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.” (Jms 1:5). What a beautiful promise! Let’s ask!

Our Nation: Day Thirteen

1 Kings 3:5-12, James 1:5

1 Kings 3:5-12, James 1:5

King David chose his son Solomon to succeed him as the ruler of God’s people. Solomon achieved greatness and wealth and was responsible for the construction of the Temple, the first permanent dwelling where God would meet with His people.

In my opinion, his greatest moment is found in our reading today, 1 Kings 3:5-12. “In Gibeon (about 6 miles NW of Jerusalem) the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.’” (1 Ki 3:5) Can you imagine? Of all the things Solomon could have asked for in that moment, this was his response, “So give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” (1 Ki 3:9) Wow. It’s possible the leaders of our nation are praying for wisdom and discernment; I imagine some are. But whether they ever ask God for wisdom, we can and should ask for it on their behalf.

We are admonished throughout scripture to pray for our leaders. Let’s follow the example of King Solomon and pray for wisdom and discernment to lead and govern. James reminds us of this promise, “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.” (Jms 1:5). What a beautiful promise! Let’s ask!

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Do you lack wisdom in your own life? Ask for it now.

Pray for our current and future leaders: for their wisdom, discernment, godly guidance and protection . . .

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