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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
July 23, 2011
One night while Solomon was in Gibeon, the LORD God appeared to him in a dream and said, Solomon, ask for anything you want, and I will give it to you.
My father David, your servant, was honest and did what you commanded. You were always loyal to him, and you gave him a son who is now king. LORD God, I'm your servant, and you've made me king in my father's place. But I'm very young and know so little about being a leader. And now I must rule your chosen people, even though there are too many of them to count.
Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don't, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.
Solomon, I'm pleased that you asked for this. You could have asked to live a long time or to be rich. Or you could have asked for your enemies to be destroyed. Instead, you asked for wisdom to make right decisions. So I'll make you wiser than anyone who has ever lived or ever will live.
1 Kings 3:5-12 (CEV*)
When given the opportunity to ask for anything, Solomon did not ask for worldly riches or anything selfish. He asked for wisdom and discernment so he could serve God in the position given him.
What do we wish for? Are our wishes selfish and superficial, or do we wish for the attributes that will enable us to be a better servant in God's world? This is a good topic for self reflection.
* Contemporary English Version ©1995 American Bible Society.
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