April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017

1 KINGS 3-5

Focus Verse: Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
1 Kings 3:7

 

Have we talked about the concept of being poor in Spirit? I hope you sense the sarcasm coming through the text here. It seems like I’ve been writing about it every other day or so. But I’m a firm believer that if God keeps speaking something to you, it’s something you haven’t gotten through your thick skull yet…so clearly I need to keep working on this attitude of humbling myself before Him.

 

This is why Solomon receives so much favor from God. I know that we like to focus on the fact that Solomon asks for wisdom to govern the Israelites, but I don’t believe that’s why God honored Solomon’s request. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone approach God with this posture, and it won’t be the last time. That’s why Jesus starts His teaching in the Beatitudes with this lesson, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit.”

 

God won’t move in someone’s life until they become poor in Spirit. It’s like Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 1. God uses the foolish things of this world to shame the wise. He humbles the proud and exalts the humble. This is why Jesus didn’t come to rule in power, He came and humbled Himself, took on our punishment and carried what should have been our cross.

 

God honors Solomon because he asks for a gift that will benefit God’s people and not only himself, sure. But this starts with Solomon’s attitude…his posture toward God. He knows that he is incapable of ruling Israel without God’s guidance.

 

We must get to this point in our walk with God. We cannot. Jesus did! The Spirit can IN us! We must walk in the Spirit. We must abide in Christ. Every day. Every hour.

 

God open our eyes to how desperately we need you!

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