April 4

1 Kings 1-3, Psalm 94

How would each one of us answer, if like Solomon in 1 Kings 3:5, God asked us, “Ask! What shall I give you?” We should all honestly consider our answer. Many would ask for good health. So often I hear things like, “If you have your health, you have everything”. Many would ask for their children to be happy and successful. I have heard people say “you are only as happy as your least happy kid”. Therefore, all of their prayers focus on the success of their children. Many in debt or financially struggling would ask for money to pay off their debt and “really enjoy life”. How many lottery winners destroyed lives reveal the folly of this desire. But, Solomon chooses wisely and seeks God’s wisdom. We read his response to God’s question in 1 Kings 3:7-9, “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 how to come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 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?”

We should all ask ourselves the question of what would be our parting words to our loved ones, as seen with David in 1 Kings 2:3, “And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;”. So often I hear of people trying to leave things to their kids( especially money, a house, expensive jewelry, etc.). when what they really need is to focus their hearts on God. When our time is up will we seek to share Christ with our last dying breath.

It is so easy to lose our way. These two questions should prioritize our thoughts if we are to remain God centered. Interestingly, Solomon is seen mistakingly burning incense in the high places. Many of our friends and family members belong to religious denominations full of traditions which make no Biblical sense. God saw Solomon’s heart despite his error. As we reach out to our unsaved friends, rather than criticize everything that we see wrong in their “religion”, let us bring forth the clear message written in God’s Word. Let His Word open their eyes.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato