Sunday, July 5, 2015

HIGH VIEW OF OTHERS

When the prophet Jonah considered the people that God called him to, he was angry with God.  'Why did God have him go to such losers?

Jonah had a racist attitude towards the people of Nineveh.

But Solomon had a different attitude towards the ones He would rule as King.  He saw their greatness.


1 Kings 3:8-9

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?"

NIV



He identified himself as being ‘here’ among the people God chose. He wasn’t thinking remotely from a distance. He spoke to God about the people he was presently involved in serving.

Solomon wasn’t sure of himself, but he was sure of God. He would be called on to exercise authority and make decisions, but he didn’t want to do wrong in God’s eyes. He prayed that God would give him a heart that knew the difference between right and wrong when it came to his responsibilities with the people.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

FEELING SMALL WITH A BIG CALL





1 Kings 3:

7 "Now, 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. 




Solomon looked at what it would take to be king and made a confession to God. He looked at David’s example and felt inadequate. So Solomon told God how he felt about the challenge before him.

God is not dismissive when we feel inadequate, but He is empowering to the humble.  Solomon knew that he was immature and lacked experience. The young king was teachable and God loves a student that is willing to listen and learn.

When I responded to God’s Call to pastor, I did with a similar prayer. I told God that I didn’t know what I was doing and needed Him to teach me. Any wisdom I have has come as a result of that posture in prayer.

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE BLESSING IN YOUR HISTORY





1 Kings 3:6

6 Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.



If you were to review what God has done in your life, you would find a pattern of his faithfulness and kindness toward you. As I think back on my own family history, I see the tracing of God’s finger. I follow Jesus and so does my dad. His father was a WW1 soldier injured in battle and also lost his first wife in childbearing. Grandpa was known as the town drunk. But God had other plans and grandpa came to Christ. 

Even though grandpa had many problems, God put blessing on his life. If grandpa were still alive, he would see that God’s hand on his life had far reaching effects.

Solomon knew that his father David was ‘a man after God’s own heart’. Sure, other people said all kinds of things about his dad – Solomon knew his dad’s heart and the blessing of God that flowed in his life. Maybe your father or mother passed on a passion for God to you. 

  Or perhaps you grew up without a family to look back upon.  If they were godless, rebellious, disinterested or not in your life at all, God will put surrogate spiritual parents and mentors to influence your life and pass along His parental love toward you.

Whatever your story, learn to see the history that God has you now taking part in. When you pray, realize that you are part of a bigger timeline and experience that God is unfolding throughout generations.  Whether you have children of your own or become a spiritual parent to others, your life influence is intended to shape the future of others.

We are all becoming part of that ‘great cloud of witnesses’ the writer of Hebrews spoke about. We are part of a bigger plan. Let’s learn to pray with that in mind.


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