Each Monday our staff does a Bible study together in our weekly staff meetings. We started our current study in August and between then and this coming August we are working our way through the major stories in scripture from Genesis to Revelation one week at a time. This week we talked about King Solomon from our reading in 1 Kings. This was a familiar story for most of us, especially the part when he meets with God and God offers to give him whatever he asks.
As I read this story in preparation for our meeting, I thought about what I might ask for were I in that position. I was reminded of the recent $1.3 Billion Powerball jackpot, and how many millions of people must have prayed to God asking that they might have the winning ticket. I thought of all those nominated for Grammys last night and how many of them must have been praying for a win.
What would you ask God for, if you had the chance?
Solomon asked God for discernment so that he might be a good and wise king. This is a much better thing than what most of us would probably have asked.
We are used to asking God for things. Each week in worship we ask God for many things: for healing, hope and guidance. We pray for our members who are sick or undergoing surgery. We pray for our world and our church. We are used to asking God for things.
I hope that the story of Solomon inspires you to seek the proper things from God. I know that we are all tempted to ask for selfish things like lottery jackpots and awards, but those aren’t the things that God calls us to pursue. I’m sure that the best musicians would even say that, while awards are great, that’s not why they make music. Likewise, we are called to seek the things of God. To seek wisdom and justice, not fame and success.
God calls each of us to make the hard choice each day and put others first. God has called each of us into the mission field of the Kingdom of God, and while this is incredibly hard work, we do it together as a family, and it is always for the glory of God. At the end, the Kingdom of God is more valuable than any jackpot or golden award trophy.
Have a wonderful week my friends!