1 Kings 3:3-4:34
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
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Focus Verses: 1 Kings 3:7-10
O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father
David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my
duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 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?" 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
forgave David for his grave sins in the affair with Bathsheba, but
scandal, violence, infidelity, and power struggle plagued his kingdom
for the rest of his life. Eventually, his son Solomon, whose mother was
Bathsheba, became the heir to David's throne. His succession was
challenged, but Solomon finally prevailed and reigned over Israel's most
glorious days as a united kingdom.
Early on, Solomon
recognized that being the King of Israel was more than anyone could do
in their own strength and understanding. He humbly asked God to grant
him the wisdom needed to lead. His commitment to walk in the ways of his
father David, and his quest for wisdom, served him well. God's blessing
was upon him and the nation of Israel flourished.
Response and Action:
recognize that my life is bigger than my ability to live it. The
privileges, responsibilities, relationships, and struggles are more than
I can face in my own strength and in my own understanding. I need
wisdom from God, the strength of the Holy Spirit, and the hope that
comes through faith in Christ.
I will seek wisdom
through prayer, through Scripture, and through godly counsel. I will
humble myself before God and look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and
transformation. I will trust in the Lord Jesus, walk in his ways and
hold to his teaching.
God, show me your ways. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you
are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Through Christ, I
Spiritual Formation Verses: James 1:5
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
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