“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”
I Kings 3:5-10 NKJV
The greatest thing
In the first steps of the follower of Jesus, a babe in the faith, the tendency is to ask for the temporal, tangible things, to seek those desires that feed the flesh. One may focus on the wants, those things that one might desire to draw pleasure from. One may ask for good health, or wealth, or reputation, desiring to have status that could indicate intimacy both God in the eyers of men.
It is seldom that one, in a state of immaturity, chooses to have the knowledge of God and His wisdom. Reading I Kings chapter three, I read of the moment when the Lord met with Solomon in a dream. God came to confirm that He was one that was chosen to be king of Israel.
“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?””
I Kings 3:5 NKJV
Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment that he adequately lead the people of God. Though he was king, he knew that were not his, but that they were the Lord’s.
We hav e entered a time when there is much to pray for as our world is in turmoil. For many, the coming months will be filled with hunger, cold, struggles to get fuel for cars needed for work, and a generally state of need. It will be easy to be consumed with striving for the basic necessities. For many, the spiritual things will go by the wayside.
In this moment of temptation, there will also be the greatest of spiritual onslaughts, as the evil one will be marshaling his forces against the followers of Jesus. We must remember that we have a God in Jesus who will see to all our needs. He is aware of us, and knows even before we can ask.
““Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
As Solomon, faced with all the things He could ask of God, He focused on what was important. Because he place the things of God first, the Lord provided all the other things. Brothers and sisters, let us also ask for the greatest things, for the intimacy with the Father, purchased for us by Jesus Christ who died a gruesome death on the cross for our sins.
We have such great advantages over Solomon, as we are the people after the cross, whose sions have been erased, and we have the presence of God in us, a constant, reminding our hearts and minds of His great love for us. Let us have the passion for Jesus that David did, for the Father, that influence his son.
Let us not rest of all the material blessings and the needs, but focus on what is truly the greatest thing which is the knowledge of God. We have been given His word to guide us, and from it we know that He is coming soon, and even now we can see the events of these times tellings us with increasing certainty that we are now in the Book of Revelation. Let us look upon all that we have held dear, and count it as loss as we look forward to the coming of the Lord.
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:8-11 NKJV
Join me, my people, in preparing ourselves for what is to come. For some of us, those who have been truly born again and hunger for the return of Jesus, there will be a great moment when we will be taken into Heaven to fulfill our ministry.
For others of us, who have become more concerned with this world than the things of God, we will need to prepared to fulfill the ministry through fire that the Lord has prepared for us, as those left behind will bring about the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever known.
Regardless, we will need the knowledge of God to endure and complete the work the Lord as given us. Know this my people, the Lord is examining hearts even now, and He knows who are truly His.
Pray that the Lord move on us, that we be desirous of the greatest thing!
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