God Gives Wisdom When We Seek Him For It

November 22, 2013

A Wise Request

1 Kings 3:1-15

 BRIDE WAITS FOR GROOM

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“Now, O LORD my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” ((1 Kings 3:7-14))

Reflect

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom—”an understanding heart”—in order to lead well and to make right decisions. Notice that Solomon asked for discernment to carry out his job; he did not ask God to do the job for him.

Solomon asked for wisdom, not wealth, but God gave him riches and long life as well. While God does not promise riches to those who follow him, he gives us what we need if we put his kingdom, his interests, and his principles first (Matthew 6:31-33). Setting your sights on riches will only leave you dissatisfied because even if you get the riches you crave, you will still want something more. But if you put God and his work first, he will satisfy your deepest needs.

Respond

You can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) and the courage to do whatever he calls you to do. God takes seriously anyone who asks for wisdom. Remember also, “when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6).

YOUR HEART TO GOD’S HEART!

THE THIRD TEMPLE

Ben-hadad’s escape-An encouragement for sinners

So they came to the king of Israel, and said, thy servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, is he yet alive? he is my brother ¦ Then he said, go ye, bring him.  1 Kings 20:32-33

Suggested Further Reading: Luke 18:9-17

How does your child come to you when he wants anything? Does he open a big book, and begin reading, “My dear, esteemed, and venerated parent, in the effulgence of thy parental beneficence? Nothing of the kind. He says,˜Father, my clothes are worn out, please buy me a new coat; or else he says, ˜I am hungry, let me have something to eat. That is the way to pray, and there is no prayer which God accepts but that kind of prayer right straight from the heart, and right straight to God’s heart. We miss the mark when we go about to gather gaudy words. What! gaudy words on the lips of a poor sinner? Fine phrases from a rebel? There is more true eloquence in God be merciful to me a sinner, than in all the books of devotion which bishops, and archbishops, and divines ever compiled. ˜Thy servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. I feel inclined to stop and ask you to bow your heads, and pray that prayer ” ˜O God, thy servant saith, I pray thee, let me live. O cut me not down as a cumberer of the ground, but let me live; I am dead in trespasses and sins; quicken me, O Lord, and let me live; and when thou comest to slay the wicked on the earth, I pray thee, let me live; and when thou shalt destroy the ungodly, and sweep them with the broom of destruction into the pit that is bottomless, I pray thee, let me live.  You see there is not a word of merit; there is nothing about what man has done; Ben-hadad only calls himself a servant. ˜Make me as one of thy hired servants.˜Thy servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live.

For meditation: There are three kinds of prayers which cut no ice with God  publicity-seeking prayers (Matthew 6:5), padded-out prayers (Matthew 6:7) and pretended prayers (Mark 12:40). Jesus taught His followers to pray privately and pointedly (Matthew 6:6,9-13). Have you truly prayed for your sins to be forgiven (Luke 11:4)?

Sermon no. 535 11 October (1863)

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Rebounding Skills: JUST A FEW HEADLINES FOR ALL TO SEE AND ASK OURSELVES: IS THIS WHY GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH?

THE LAND OF THE FREE?

THE LAND OF THE FREE?

Details, details!

“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it — and I won’t take it away from her.”  Luke 10:41-42 NLT

“Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “What are you going?”   1 Kings 1:6 NLT

Rebounding skills:

Suppose you get home from grocery shopping and discover your six-year-old is eating candy you didn’t buy. It might be tempting to just scold him, send him to his room, and let it go at that. After all, it’s only worth a dollar, and you’re tired. But you’d miss an opportunity to turn this “miss” into a second chance(JOHN 3:16).

It would be better to take away any uneaten candy, put your little shoplifter back in the car, drive to the grocery store, hunt up the manager, and tell your kid to apologize. Pay for the candy and deduct it from the child’s allowance. Then, if the culprit is truly sorry, be sure to express your forgiveness — and God’s forgiveness, too.  Details matter greatly to God~~~He has been seeking to get America to repent and turn back to Him.  http://wp.me/p2C7un-8Z   “What is America doing to turn back to God?” 

JUST A FEW HEADLINES TO ASK OURSELVES:  IS THIS WHY GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH?

Search for answers begins after US school massacre/School shooting triggers ‘mind battle’ for Columbine victims/After shootings, schools and parents ask: Is there any way to be safer?/Trauma of Connecticut school shooting will linger a long time/Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount/Op-Ed: Northeastern Students Call for Murder of Jews/IDF Soldiers Foil Firebomb Attack in Hevron/Bleach Attack on Advocate for Jewish Victims of Sexual Abuse/’Queen James Bible'”  Now There’s A Gay-Friendly Version of Scripture/Atheitsts Rent Billborad in Times Square To Dub Jesus a ‘Myth’…/British Census: Islam Fastest-Growing Faith in England; Christians / Police cars and ambulances arrive at a Alabama school after a fight during a basketball game…..

Those who search will find God

I love all who love me. Those who search for me will surely find me.   Proverbs 8:17 NLT

A sight of His crucifixion crucifies sin.   Charles Spurgeon

Sin and a way out

Though the bad news is devastating—that we are, in our sinful nature, contrary to God’s character and out of line with His foundation of wisdom—the good news is that we can change. Wisdom does not remain forever elusive, no matter how firmly we have rejected it in the past.

The wisdom of God will lead us to the cross of Jesus, of course. That is where all of our former futility is redeemed and our rebellion forgiven. A humble bow before the sacrificial Lamb will cleanse us of the muck of this world and put us on a path of discipleship. But once we have passed through that Cross, we must cultivate our love for the eternal. We must pursue wisdom with a passion. We must become enamored with the righteous ways of the world as it was meant to be.

If you are ever lacking in perspective, read the first two and the last two chapters of the Bible. Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22 are pictures of perfection. From paradise to paradise, from the Garden of Eden to the city of God, from the dust of the earth to the bride of Christ, wisdom rules. Take away the huge parentheses on the sin problem—Genesis 3 through Revelation 20—and you’ll clearly see the holiness of God and the beauty of His handiwork. It’s often hard, in this parenthetical interim, to see such beauty, but it’s there. It’s our origin and our destiny, all rolled into one.

As you read those four chapters, the eternal bookends on either side of the temporal sin-problem, let your love grow deep for your Creator and Redeemer. As a plant stretches toward the sunlight, let your life grow toward His wisdom. Open up before Him, and let yourself love His ways.

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