Week 17   Day 1

   

Solomon needed help

            and he knew where to go to get it

God, this is your people

            I am your king

In other words, if this endeavor is going to succeed 

            it is up to you to lead

                                        guide

                                        direct

            and work a miracle when we need one.

 

  

God asked Solomon:  What do you want?

God asks us the same question
 

Sometimes we do not believe

            and therefore we do not ask

Sometimes our need is so great

            we will not be quiet

Sometimes we do not know how to ask

            and we just name the name of Jesus

 

What do you want God to do for you? 

            ask 

God wants you to

  

God loves to be generous

God gives 

            not only what we ask for 

            but much more. 



                                WHAT DO YOU WANT?
 Long life?  Riches?  Security?  Wisdom?  Strength?
                                             I Kings 3

 

     5The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream; and said,
"Ask! 
What shall I give you?"  6Solomon said:  "You have
shown
great mercy to David my father, because he walked
before You
in truth, in uprightness of heart; You have continued
this great
kindness, and given him a son to sit on his throne. 
7But
I am a child; I do not know how to go out or come in, 
8in the
midst of a great people too numerous to be counted. 
9Therefore
give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge
Your people,
that I may discern between good and evil."       
   
11Then God said to him, "Because you have not asked
long
life, nor riches, nor the life of your enemies, 12behold
I have
done according to your words; see, I have given you
a wise and
understanding heart, so that there has not been
anyone like you
before you, nor shall any like you arise after
you.  13 I have
also given you what you have not asked: 
both riches and honor.
14 If you walk in My ways, to keep
My commandments, then I
will lengthen your days." 

    15Solomon awoke and came to Jerusalem and stood

before the ark of the covenant, offered up burnt offerings
and
peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

     16Now two women came to the king, and stood before
him. 
17One woman said, "This woman and I dwell in the
same
house; and I gave birth.  18The third day after I had
given birth,
she also gave birth.  19Her son died in the night. 
20So she arose and took my son from my side, and laid
him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 
21When I rose in the morning, there he was, dead.  But
when
I examined him, indeed, he was not my son."

     22The other woman said, "No!  The living one is my son;

the dead one is your son."  Thus they spoke before the king.

     24Then the king said, "Bring me a sword.  25Divide the

living child in two and give half to one, and half to the other." 

26Then the first woman said, O my lord, give her the living

child, and by no means kill him!"  But the other said, "Let
him
be neither mine nor yours, but divide him."  27So the
king
answered, "Give the first woman the living child, and
by no
means kill him; for she is his mother."

     28All Israel heard of the judgment which the king had

rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the

wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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