Monday, 17 August 2015

SELFLESSNESS PLEASES THE LORD

1 KINGS 3:1-15 nkjv

 1 Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord , and the wall all around Jerusalem.
 2 Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days.
 3 And Solomon loved the Lord , walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.
 4 Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
 6 And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it  is this day.
 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how  to go out or come in.
 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.
 9 THEREFORE GIVE TO YOUR SERVANT AN UNDERSTANDING HEART TO JUDGE YOUR PEOPLE, THAT I MAY DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. FOR WHO IS ABLE TO JUDGE THIS GREAT PEOPLE OF YOURS?”
10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,
 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.
 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
 15 Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord , offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

SELFLESSNESS PLEASES THE LORD
The Lord appeared to Solomon because the Lord has been pleased with him. In the verse 5 of the book of 2 Kings chapter 3, the Lord gave Solomon a chance, the kind of chance that does not come to people often. But one thing is sure about this kind of opportunities; The Lord, Himself gave you the chance so you are rest assured, whatever you ask for will surely be done for you. "ASK! WHAT SHALL I GIVE YOU?"

Solomon first of all responded to this great opportunity with a message of appreciation to God for what God has done in his life (for the great mercy and Kindness God showed his father, David and for putting him on the throne of his father, David.) 2 Kings 3:6

Then Solomon, the King of Isreal humble himself as a child, who does not know how to go out or come in, before God. (2 Kings 3:7-8)

On this note of humility, he subjected himself to the supremacy of God by asking for an understanding heart to know good & evil, so that he will be able to judge the people of God right. "FOR WHO IS ABLE TO JUDGE THIS GREAT PEOPLE OF YOURS?" (2 Kings 3:9).

The Lord was so much pleased with Solomon's selflessness "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for YOURSELF, nor have asked riches for YOURSELF, nor have asked the life of your enemies" that the Lord blessed him with what he asked for and all these things that he did not ask for. (2 Kings 3:10-13)

MY THOUGHT
Trying to check the correlation between what happened here with what Christ said in the book of Matthew 6:25-34 nkjv
 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

PRAYERS
Call on God today, appreciate Him for what He has done in your life before now, humble yourself before Him. Then pray for His presence to always be with you so that more people will make heaven through you and through your lifestyle.

IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY




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