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(Bible readings: 1 Kings 3:5-14; 2 Chron. 1:7-12)
When the Lord God asked Solomon in a dream what he wanted, he asked for wisdom and knowledge for him to be able to govern and judge God’s people Israel. The Lord was so pleased that Solomon had asked for these things to be able to administer justice, and not long life and wealth for himself, nor the lives of his enemies, that He promised to give him also what he had not asked for – wealth and honor.
King Solomon’s foremost desire was not for his personal welfare but for the welfare of his kingdom – God’s people – that he may be able to successfully accomplish the huge task that the Lord had placed upon him. And the Lord gave him more than he had asked for.
This is a classic and perfect example of the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise in Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mat. 6:33)
All who have been taught the Word and have read the Gospel know this. Some of us even grew up singing it in Church! But many of us still do it the other way around – tend to our business first then seek God in our extra time. But when we do it this way, we find that we are mostly on our own. And even if we give it our all, in the end we may find that not all these things have been added unto us. That is, we may find that all our efforts have not produced all and exactly what we have been dreaming of.
To seek first the kingdom of God may mean a gigantic, life-changing decision to one or an everyday simple but wiser choice to another. A father may totally give up his work and profession to become a full-time preacher, trusting that the Lord will provide for his family and for the education of his children. Or a wife and mother would choose to seek the Lord’s face first thing in the morning and spend precious time in His presence before tackling the numerous chores that await her. Then she would find that the Lord has added these to her: renewed strength, inspiration and joy to face the day and its challenges.
The opportunities to seek God first may also come any hour of the day. When there is chaos in the family and we are near to breaking point, we may scream in total frustration and helplessness, vent out our anger at our spouse or kids, walk out, or we can sink to the floor on our knees, give honor to God, sing praises to Him, sing, sing, sing, until the heart quietens, and pray, pray, pray, until all the inner turmoil flies away and peace takes its place.
We then realize that by seeking the Lord in the midst of a problem, He adds all these: comfort, peace, strength, wisdom, guidance, solution.
When we seek God first and His kingdom, the principle that was applied to the life of King Solomon in which he received wisdom, wealth and honor – this same principle will God use to operate in our lives.
My gratitude list – I’m thankful to the Lord for:
- The aroma of bread baking in the oven that fills our home. In photo is ham, tuna and cheese bread that we made.
- The sweet fragrance of these lovely stargazer lilies.
- Our hibiscus plant blooming proudly everyday.
- The healing of my beloved husband’s sickness which lasted for a week, but the Lord is merciful!
- The opportunity to give counsel to a friend which she sought.
- Playing with my little Tim, the giggles and peals of rich laughter that we share!
- Watching my daughter Hannah blossom into a lovely littlest woman.
- My new praise and worship CD: You are Love by Darlene Zschech.
- The gift of writing and the anointing, wisdom and inspiration that come with it.