Solomon had made a peace treaty with pharaoh king of Egypt by marrying pharaoh’s daughter. He understood that a pagan queen should not be with the Ark of the Covenant (at David’s palace), so she was brought to the City of David instead. A Canaanite tradition of sacrificing in the mountains (to be closer to their gods) was practiced by everyone, including Solomon. Solomon wanted to show his love for God by living his life like his father David did, but he continued to sacrifice like the pagans did. The Lord appeared to Solomon at night in a dream and offered him one wish. Solomon did not have a selfish heart and he realized his inexperience as a leader (only 20 years old), so he asked for a discerning heart to govern God’s people. Really what he asked for was a heart tuned to the voice of God. You know the rest of the story. God gave him a discerning heart, plus power, riches, and a chance for long life if he obeys God’s word. The interesting thing is how God’s blessing brought him closer to God. He turned from the high place to the appropriate place to sacrifice (stood in front of the Ark of the Covenant). The sacrificed burnt offerings expressed the complete dedication of himself to God. To show his joy and gratitude, Solomon gave a feast for his whole court.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path.
This is a very popular verse that probably many have memorized. The interesting thing is that the Scripture (Word) is able to direct ones paths, but many Christians do not look into the Scripture for guidance. They rather ask everyone else, but God, or read every self help book, but not the one that will truly help and direct them.
To promote this blog, I have gone around commenting on other peoples blogs. I have found many depressed and hopeless “Christians” along the way. When I run across one of these blogs, I would leave Scripture and a word of encouragement. Some thank me for it, but go back to their hopeless ways without taking the Scripture that I gave them and pondering on it. There have been others that has taken the Scripture; believed it and applied it to their lives. I have seen many walk out of their hopeless state and start reading the Scripture and letting it guide them. Did their problems disappear? Most of them, no. There is one that I check back on every now and then, and I see this person going through worst stuff than they were before, but now they are spending time in the Scripture and trusting God to guide him and to use him for God’s glory. I sense joy in his suffering. He has taken the Scripture; read it, believed it, and applied it to his life. The Scripture lights his path just far enough for his next step, but by faith, he continues on for God’s glory.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
I thought about that and then I realized my selfishness within me and how my heart is not in tune with God like I want it to be. I was wishing for my own desires. I came up with a list of material possessions a mile long. (So I guess I don’t have to worry about God asking me for one wish).
Something that I want to make clear is that God is not a genie in a bottle as many claim him to be. The prayers that go with that mentality are selfish and they’re not looking to what God’s will is, but your own. What I would want you to get out of this is how Solomon loved God by walking according to God’s word. As the Lord convicted Solomon, he quickly changed his ways because his heart was now tuned into God’s voice. Because of God’s blessing, Solomon dedicated himself to God and now is walking even closer to God than before.