Solomon Prays for Wisdom
(2 Chronicles 1.3-12)
1Solomon made an alliance with the king of Egypt by marrying his daughter. He brought her to live in David's City until he had finished building his palace, the Temple, and the wall around Jerusalem. 2A temple had not yet been built for the Lord, and so the people were still offering sacrifices at many different altars. 3Solomon loved the Lord and followed the instructions of his father David, but he also slaughtered animals and offered them as sacrifices on various altars.
Reflection: Two steps forward, one back The great age of King Solomon was built on his prayer for wisdom, rather than wealth and significance. God sensed the king’s heart, but he was acutely aware of the stains on that heart. Solomon brings political splendour to Israel, but he is far from perfect. He’s not the saviour
Israel needs. But he showed his love for God by following the Law—up to a point. He struggled to integrate his ambition for the Lord with his consistent obedience. It’s a challenge we can identify with. Our love for God is always falling short of what it should be.
Question: Where are your points of inconsistency, and how can you find the courage to address them?
Prayer: Bear with my failings, Father, and give me both wisdom and courage to discern your ways and then to obey them consistently. Amen.
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