“Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself can govern this great people of yours?”
Solomon goes up to Gibeon to worship God and offer 1000 burnt offerings. The Lord appears to Solomon in a dream and asks him to name what he wants and the Lord will give it to him.
Solomon asks the Lord for wisdom to rule His people and to know the difference between right and wrong. The Lord promises that He will give him the wisdom he asked for and the wealth and fame he did not ask for.
We all need God’s wisdom, an understanding heart as Solomon describes it. Whether it is leading people, relationships or work, we need wisdom to navigate through life.
This passage shows clearly that God will give wisdom to all who ask Him for it. The problem is that our prayers are often for God to fix what might have been prevented through wisdom.
Ask for wisdom and God will give it to you.
We need wisdom at home to order our households well- wisdom to deal lovingly with spouse and children, wisdom to budget and spend our income wisely, wisdom to know what activities are good and which are bad.
At work we need wisdom to know how best to serve our employer, wisdom to administer our responsibilities well.
At church we need wisdom to know what to volunteer for and what to pass by.
Much wisdom comes from handing our cares to the Lord and listening for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
Father I thank you that you give wisdom to all who seek it from you. Help me Lord to listen to your Spirit in every situation so that I will learn your wisdom. Amen.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me has eternal life.”
People start to grumble because Jesus said that He is the Bread of Heaven. They know His father and mother. How could He have come from heaven?
Jesus responds by saying that nobody can come to the Him unless the Father draws them. Anyone who believes has eternal life. He is the Bread of Heaven, just like the manna their ancestors ate in the desert.
Salvation is a person, not a religion. If we really want to be sure of eternal life, we must attach ourselves to Jesus and follow His way.
There is nothing that we can do to make us right with God. If I decide to live a perfect life from today, that is only what God expects of me, and it does nothing to pay for my previous sins.
Good deeds and religious virtues can never make us right with God. Only Jesus can do that.
Anyone who believes (a better translation would be “trusts”) in Jesus has eternal life.
Jesus has paid the price for my sin. All I have to do is trust in Him.
Many years ago, there was a man in my town who lived on the streets with his dog. Each week he would go to the bank and withdraw $20 for his drink and some food for his dog. He was actually quite a wealthy man and could afford to live in any house and eat the best food. He chose to be homeless.
God has given His promise to every person in the world, the promise of eternal life. Those who refuse to receive the promise make the choice for hell.
The choice is clear. Trust in Jesus for eternal life. Trust anything else for eternal torment.
Thank you Jesus for opening the doors to heaven for me. I receive your promise of salvation and I choose to follow you. Amen.