Sunday, July 10, 2011
Scripture Memory Verse Week 5
When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice. I Kings 3:28
Read 1 Kings 3:16-28 to get the whole story.
Do you remember the first time you heard this story? I do...I was probably 10 or 11 and was sitting in Sunday School...I know I wasn't paying very close attention, but when they got to the part about cutting a BABY in half I remember jolting awake and asking our teacher to back up! READ THAT AGAIN. This is one of those stories that you won't soon forget.
While the story itself is memorable, what it says about God is even more important...God can make us more than we are. We can be smarter, stronger, braver, and even WISER than we really are. We just have to ask. Check out 1 Kings 3:3-14...Solomon knew it wasn't up to the standards of the late King David, but he did what we should all do...he talked to God about it!
How many times do we face a difficult situation, a time of testing and instead of talking to God first we talk to everyone else around us...our girlfriends, our spouse, even the lady who cuts our hair...while there certainly isn't anything wrong with getting others' opinions, what IS wrong is not taking it to the one who can actually DO something to help us; to the one who has resources beyond what we can fathom!
Let us strive to be like Solomon...let's ask God for what we need...let us ask Him to guide our pathways and show us His way. Let us ask God to use us for His glory just as He used Solomon. May our prayer be that people would look upon our actions with awe knowing that it is God that has given us HIS power and understanding.