Archive for November 7th, 2012

2 Chronicles 1

2 Chronicles 1 speaks about Solomon’s taking over the throne.  He was getting settled after David anointed him king.  But more importantly, “the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great”.  It’s one thing for a father to declare his son king, but quite another to have our heavenly Father do the same.  Solomon is set up for success.  And as he takes the throne, he “spoke to all Israel”

–       “to the commanders

–       to the judges

–       to all the leaders

–       the heads of fathers’ houses

Solomon has a strong set of leaders and authorities in place.

As he takes his place of leading, he comes to God with a request: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people”.  This is what Solomon asks for – not something for himself – not some self centered request – but wisdom and knowledge.  He wants to have God’s perspective and see things through God’s eyes so he can lead well. We can learn much from his request.  Too often we get wrapped up in self.  His request is all about aligning with God and His will.  It is all about making sure that what he sees is what God’s heart is.

And how does God respond?  “God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”

God not only gave Solomon the exact thing he asked for.  But since Solomon had asked for something that was not focused on self, but rather leading his people, God gave him much more.  God not only promised to meet his needs but to bless him with riches and posesssions and honor like it had never been seen before.  Not just cover the needs, but far exceed even what Solomon might ask.  God cares about our heart.  He cares about what matters to us.  He is able to not only meet our needs, but also the desires of our heart.

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