Gifts and Blessings
It’s the Christmas season where we experience a flurry of shopping and gathering together with family and friends. Children sit on Santa’s lap and ask for what they want for gifts. We all like giving and receiving gifts. God loves giving his children gifts, too.
David was a man after God’s own heart. He provided a son, Solomon, to take his place on the throne to keep God’s plan--progressing. God came to Solomon in a dream and asked what he wished for (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon, a young man, said this:
“Now, 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. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 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?” 1 Kings 3: 7-9 (NIV)
Solomon knew what he REALLY needed and asked for wisdom. God gave Solomon the wisdom (it would be up to him to use it) and much more.
“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 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, 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. 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. 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.” 1 Kings 3:10-14(NIV)
God's provisions and blessings are more than we could ever imagine when we are open to receiving them.
Have a great Sunday!
Scripture source: BibleGateway.com