[emaildevotionals] 04.28.2005 am 1 Kin. 3.7

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From: Rdruhl@...
Date: 28 Apr 2005 08:01:10 -0000
Read the Bible in a Year 
This morning read First Kings 3--5 

Solomon's Estimation of Himself 

God approached Solomon and asked him what he wanted, and God said that He would give it. With that wide-open opportunity, Solomon requested wisdom to be able to run the kingdom. He asked for wisdom, believing that he was inadequate for the huge job before him. 

7 "Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in" (1 Kin. 3:7). 

In experience and in skill for running a kingdom, Solomon was as a little child. In the previous chapter, he appeared to know what to do. He had some men executed, but that was at the request of his father. David had called Solomon "a wise man" in 2:9. Yet, he who is wise is never satisfied with his level of wisdom. He can see that he always needs more. Running a kingdom surely requires the wisdom of God. Therefore, Solomon humbled himself before the God of heaven, asking for wisdom, and God gave it. 

Are you adequate for the task before you? Do you know what to say to God?

Don Ruhl
Church of Christ
220 NE Savage Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310