1 Kings 3:16-28
If we have the wisdom from God, we would be able to make wise judgments to administer justice in our lives.
I need to have wisdom from God to lead the ministries (worship, youth and student) in a way that pleases God. Wisdom to put in plans, structures and people in place where we can nurture both the leaders and the youths. Give me wisdom to plan my priorities so I don’t burn out in the end.
Dear God, continue to provide me with wisdom from above. I thank you for the wisdom that you have given me in the past so that I can lead myself and others.
1 Kings 3:10-15
“But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.”
MATTHEW 6:33 AMP
Solomon put God’s Kingdom ahead of himself, and God honoured him with riches and honour. Humility precedes honour and wisdom precedes riches. To handle honour well we need to have humility, lest we become proud and take the honour for ourselves like what Saul did. To handle riches well we need to have the wisdom, lest we spend it on worthless things like the prodigal son.
I want to ask for the humility to know my strengths and weaknesses well, and to have the wisdom to discern between right and wrong and also to recognise the good and evil in myself and people so that I can shepherd people well.
Dear God, give me humility and wisdom and the heart to follow you all the days of my life.
1 Kings 3:1-9
Although Solomon did things that displeased the Lord (marrying the daughter of Pharaoh and offered sacrifices on the high places), his heart was still for the Lord (as he obeyed God’s commands) and the Lord honoured Solomon by asking him for what he wanted. Solomon’s request for wisdom also showed his heart, that it was for God’s people and not for himself.
I want to make requests that will bless others. When I requests things for myself, I need to make sure that it does only benefit me but it will benefit the people around me as well. I pray for health so that I can serve Him better. I pray for wealth so that I can bless more people with it. I pray for wisdom so that I can help others better and not to show off that I am wise.
Dear God, pls give me wisdom to make requests to you that not only benefit me but it will benefit the people around me.
1 Kings 2:36-46
Shimei went out to look for his slaves even though he promised Solomon that he will not and ignored Solomon’s warning on his life. I was reminded of Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord , you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
God has given us a choice to choose between life and death, between blessings and curses. And God’s wish is always that we choose life so that we and our descendants will live.
I choose life when I choose to spend time with God daily. I choose life when I study God’s word, pray and also to watch sermons which inspire and encourage me. I choose life when I engage in spiritual conversations with people. I choose life when I choose to spend time with my loved ones. I choose life when I choose to spend time and encourage the people I look after in church, and also those whom God has asked to me.
Dear God, please help me to choose life each and every day.
1 Kings 2:28-35
Solomon wanted Joab to be put to death because he took innocent lives like Abner and Amasa without the knowledge of David. When Adonijah wanted to take over David, he went over and supported him as well. Solomon made hard decisions that required wisdom and sound judgement. He was executing God’s judgement on Joab.
Joab is like the part of me that wants my own selfish desires, and I need to be wise like Solomon to identify it and put a stop to it by dying to it.
Dear Lord, help me to be like David to identify my selfish desires and put a stop to it whenever I come across them.
1 Kings 2:19-27
Solomon made a decision to kill Adonijah after Adonijah did not repent from his sin of trying to usurp the throne from Solomon, which is against God’s will. Solomon had to go against his mother’s request, the same person who fought for him to be able to become king.
I need to make decisions that are based on God’s will, even though it may be hard and may cause some people to dislike or turn against me. Decisions that are selfish (Adonijah) and self-seeking will end up being rejected by God.
Dear God, teach me to make decisions according to Your will. Give me courage to make decisions even when it’s unpopular. Let me learn also to let go of relationships that will draw me away from You.
1 Kings 2:10-18
If an evil desire is not addressed in our hearts, it will eventually show up as foolishness in our words or actions. Is there anything in my heart that I want due to my selfish desires or ambitions?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” – Matt 6:33
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – Phil 2:3-4
Always remember to value others above myself and seek the interests of others before myself. That will allow me to do nothing out of my own selfish ambition.
Dear God, pray that I will always do things because of your kingdom and to be more like Jesus. Give me wisdom to know when I am doing things out of selfish ambition. Give me godly friends to remind or rebuke me if I am.