Day 141

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Psalm 83, 1 Chronicles 29:23-25; 2 Chronicles 1:1; 1 Kings 2:13-3:4; 2 Chronicles 1:2-6;1 Kings 3:5-15; 2 Chronicles 1:7-13

Ron Turner, Celebrate Recovery

Solomon had everything: rock star prestige, looks, money, and power.

When his father David died, Solomon was appointed to take his place as King. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, all of these things would normally contribute to a “big head”–a large ego; someone who would not want to be corrected or admit a need. But not Solomon. Instead, when God approached him late one night, and told him, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you,” Solomon first acknowledged it was God who had placed him in power as King; he hadn’t gotten there on his own. Secondly he said, “Give me wisdom and knowledge that I may lead and govern Your people.” Solomon recognized that the people over whom he was king were really God’s people.
He admitted he didn’t know everything, and would need Godly wisdom to make correct decisions down the road.

Solomon essentially was saying, “Lord I know I’m here because of you, and because this is your will for me and all of Israel. Besides wanting to do what is right when considering all of the duties and obligations of the king, I want to do Your will more than anything else on this earth.” It wasn’t just about Solomon, it wasn’t even about his throne and its heritage; all that Solomon wanted was what God desired.

Life is full of choices, decisions, and commitments, and when it comes to God, it’s no different. We are to make a choice: we are either with God or against him. We cannot stand somewhere in-between, in some gray area between God and all the rest, and expect to live a life for Him.

What stands out to me in today’s passages is the fact that it’s not as important that we recognize or identify the problem or enemy, but that we are choosing to live for God and Christ in our life, because it’s Him who wins the battle.

I am not saying decisions are easy, especially in times of trouble or turmoil, but I want to be found moving toward God and doing what He desires of me.

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  1. 1 Kings 3:15 adds a nice detail. God had just given Solomon a huge gift, and in response Solomon made sacrifices to God (“Thank You”)… and gave a feast for his servants. Solomon shared the physical benefits of God’s spiritual gift to him, and he did it up front: not after testing to see if God was serious about it all. That’s one way to express faith in God: publicly celebrate the promise of God, don’t wait for its fulfillment.

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