Solomon's Sacrifice of Praise

Today I was sitting in silence for about 6 hours. It was the longest 6 hours of my entire life lol. The silence was a result of no electricity due to the huge snow/ice storm that Ohio is experiencing right now and for a few days to come. But as I was sitting there thinking about all the things I could be doing. I decided to get out my bible and just dig into something. I wasn’t looking for anything specific but I decided to look up some scripture about prayer. We are studying this at church right now so I figured I would look deeper into it. I came across the scripture "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Ch. 7:14) Then I stumbled upon a passage that said "Solomon asks for wisdom" and in my life right now wisdom is something I’m in need of so I was drawn to it. As I read it was quite obvious that Solomon wanted to do the will Of the Almighty. He wanted to do all he could to please his God. Solomon, son of David was going to build a temple for God. And he made it very clear he wanted the best of the best and not for his glory but for the Lords glory. In 2 Ch. 1:7 God said to Solomon "Ask for whatever you want me to give you" Solomon then replies with the best answer ever!!! He says "You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth." Something I noticed was that Solomon doesn’t ask for worldly things or things that shows selfishness but one thing. Only to be blessed like his Father David was!!!

God gave Solomon what he had asked because God knew his heart (2 Ch. 1 :11-12) Being the king Solomon was he had a lot of power and could probably get what he wanted with just a snap of his fingers. BUT he desired to please and honor his King. While preparing to then build this magnificent temple for the name of the Lord he requested the best builder/carvers he wanted nothing mediocre. To me this stood out because it made me sit back and evaluate my relationship with God. How many times do we only set aside a few minutes a day to spend with God??? We often think if we get a few bible verses in for the day we are safe...I know I used to think that way, Thank God he opened my eyes and I matured lol I was left with many questions to think on today while there was so much silence. Why do I spend time with God??? Is it because I need something??? (which is ok to need and you should ALWAYS go to God with your needs but if there is only going to God when you need something that needs worked out) Or do I go to God and spend time with him because I desperately need that to survive in life and get through the day?? Is it because my desire to please God is so strong and I want to know what he would require of me. I think I could say that it’s all of the above. I go to God in time of need, I go to my God because I need him to survive I want to know what it is he requires of me or what he would want me to do for that day. When I go to God like Solomon and ask for knowledge and wisdom that I would have the faith and believe God will give me those precious things. God loves us soooo much and just wants us to know we can just come to him as we are. We don’t have to be a king of millions but just be us whether you are broken, discouraged, sad, angry, fearful, or happy come to him as you are!!!!

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socrates said...

Wow. really inspiring!!!! God bless you

Kayla said...

Thank you so much Im glad you liked!

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