Wisdom to govern 1 kings 3
Solomon loved the lord but he also sacrificed and burned incense in the high places 3:3. Yet God was good to Solomon. He appeared to Solomon one night and told him whatever you want I will give it to you vs5. Solomon chose wisdom *so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong 3:9. Pleased with Solomon’s unselfish request, God gave Solomon even more.
Solomon resolved an argument over a child 3:16_27 with such insight that the people were in awe of the king 3:28. Later queen of Sheeba came to test him with difficult questions and found his wisdom exceeding all that she had heard about it.10:1_9.. His administration 4:1_28, his building projects, all demonstrated his wisdom. Solomon accumulated vast knowledge 4;29_33, and wrote book of proverbs, songs Ps 72,127, poetry, (song of Solomon) and ecclesiastics. Unfortunately Solomon did not stay wise throught his career
Jesus said that someone even greater than Solomon was among them. Matt 12:42. Jesus is the true wisdom of God. 1 cor 1:24
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3:9
Solomon was Israel’s first king from the lineage of David and would be the last king to rule over the unified Israelite people.
During the reign of his son Rehoboam, internal conflict would tear the nation apart.
In verse 5, the dream recorded, occurred early in Solomon’s reign.
In this story, Solomon chose a different style of kingship.
He rejected the pursuit of power and chose instead to govern with the spirit of a servant; “your servant” occurs three times in these verses.
Solomon knew that he is not enough to do anything without God’s help.
He was willing to admit his inability.
We live in a world where we are constantly told that we are enough.
We see it all over social media. We hear we have within us everything we need to succeed in life.
However, the Christian mindset should be the complete opposite.
We do not have within us everything we need to be successful at life.
WE AREN’T ENOUGH.
We never will be and we weren’t created to be.
God created us to depend on Him for everything.
Alone, we are sinful, wretched people, capable of nothing good.
If we were enough, then Jesus died for nothing, and the cross is pointless.
If we look for the motivation and encouragement from anyone else, we will never be filled.
If we look for recognition from anyone else, we will never be complete.
Jesus is the only one who is enough, and is the only one who could ever live up to what a successful life should look like.
Rather than looking inward, like society wants us to, let us look upward…………..
Because without Jesus we will never be enough.
Praise the Lord that I am not enough, for if I was, Jesus died for nothing.
We will always fall short. But thanks be to God that Jesus is enough.
Through Him, and Him alone, we can do what God has called us to.
Through Him, we can find true peace and meaning in our lives.
Jooley Mathew Z