Scripture: 1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Solomon had made an alliance with Pharaoh (king of Egypt) and married his daughter. God’s laws said that the Israelites were to make sacrifices but only in specific places. However, the people were still sacrificing at the high places because a temple had not yet been built for the Lord – and Solomon was making the same mistake. God appeared to Solomon one night in a dream and told him he could have whatever he asked for. Solomon asked for wisdom and a discerning heart in order to properly lead the people and to make the right decisions. God gave Solomon riches and a long life, as well. 1 Kings 3 describes one of Solomon’s wise rulings. 1 Kings 4 describes Solomon’s officials and governors. Psalm 72 is a song written by Solomon. This psalm describes a king asking God to help his son rule the nation justly and wisely. Follow along in 1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Solomon asked for wisdom when God told him he could ask for anything he wanted. We, too, can ask God for this same wisdom. We can ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and for the strength and courage to follow through with whatever the task at hand. God will always give us what we need in life if we put His kingdom, His interests, and His principles above anything else. We should pray for our leaders as we hear about them in the news. We can ask God to help them see why they need Him and to help them lead with justice and righteousness. God cares for all of us; He cares for the less-fortunate. He wants us to help those in need. We must reach out to those who need us, for we can be God’s hands and feet in this world, spreading love in this fallen world.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Please help us to put our faith and trust in Your strength instead of our own. Help us to put You as first priority in our lives, placing You as our foundation in all of life’s work. Help us to treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.