God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself…I will give you a wise and discerning heart…both wealth and honor…And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands…I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3: 11-14
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24
What a great day to be alive!
What a great day to be reminded of the power God has to infuse the lives of all those who fully trust in Him and obey his commands.
I’m reminded today that honor and integrity, godliness, and humility are traits God earnestly desires to see exhibited in his children, especially when those children rule in the land and have been tasked with the oversight of others.
Solomon, the King addressed by God in the above Scripture passage, was not always a kind, gentle, or tolerant ruler, but he was godly when he assumed the throne. Still, the fact that God adds an if/then scenario to his blessings for Solomon is telling. God knew that Solomon, like all those who lived before him, would have a tendency toward sin. Knowing this, God urged him (and urges us), to count the cost of moving in any direction that faces away from obedience.
Our safety, our security, our success as believers is totally dependent on what we do with God and to what degree we embrace Jesus. None of us is righteous in our own strength, no, not one, but being covered with Christ’s blood, we are accorded righteous standing and the ability to achieve success.
Your success may not come in the form of dollars and cents, or power and prestige–sometimes that sort of stuff is more of a corrupting influence than a helping one–but if you follow God’s dictates, it will come. It will come in the form of purposeful living, a ministry that serves the populace, and an abundance of answered prayers.
God is close to the obedient. He has his ear inclined to hear their prayers. They move His hand, and it is for their good that His Divine plans are often shaped.
Today, perhaps you would be willing to say a prayer for those who rule in America. Let’s ask God to direct them to these verses about Solomon in their quiet times. Let’s pray they feel a need for holy direction in their lives, for surely they do.
Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to work through us today, to encourage others to stay on the path of righteousness and trust in Jesus to lead them. Not in a judgy-judge way should we encourage them, but through loving, helpful means. That is, unless you are Judge, in which case you may feel free to influence along judgy-judge lines. We won’t hold that against you.
To God be all glory for any points of righteous light that may be seen in our nation’s capital and state and local government today. There are a lot of good people out there, serving, trying to make a difference. Pray for them, and thank God for the.
He’s the King or Kings, and His rule in the land is always, only good, all the time.