10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.” – 2 Kings:7-15 (NIV)
Solomon loved God but was offering sacrifices on places not specified by God. God’s clear instructions where to offer people’s sacrifice for Him was clear to prevent people from organizing their own methods of worship and from allowing pagan practices to creep into their worship. Solomon offered thousands of burnt offerings in a place not specified by God and though he loved God, what he did was a sin. He sought for God’s help and God indeed granted him the wisdom he asked for but not during the time of his sacrifices but at night in his dream. God heard his prayer but did not condone his sacrifices.
I am hungry like Solomon…Hungry for the things of God. I know God will never fail to meet me when I seek Him. The question is… “Am I a pleasing sacrifice to Him?”
As I reflected on His words…these surfaced in my heart:
~All people need “home improvement”…but it all starts in their hearts.
~You know that song “Stairway to Heaven”? That’s true. Only through Jesus Christ. Except it’s FREE. Not like in the song where the lady is buying a stairway to heaven. The cost: My sins. Your sins.
~Some people are quick to lop off the prospering branches from others’ trees without realizing they’re sitting on the branch they are trying to chop off.
~Narrow is the pathway that leads to life…How can one fit in with a big head in the first place?
~People worry so much about how much is in their retirement funds. We forget about our spiritual bank accounts.
~So many debates about the problems with illegal immigration when in reality we are all aliens in this world.
~One dancer realized it is “popularity” that makes someone win in “Dancing With The Stars” not a great performance. Do both even matter?
~Christians are said to be “set apart”…Set apart because God has set you apart for a divine purpose not to put walls around you.
~If everyone truly understands that God promised that He will sustain us as we age, will the cosmetic procedures lessen?
~One can’t claim to be a Christian and still be jealous of what others have. That means one is not satisfied with what God has given him.
|hungry for more of You...|
"Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord;
those who obey his orders have good understanding.
He should be praised forever." - Psalm 111:10 (NCV)