“Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” — 1 Kings 3:8-9
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As King David transitioned to eternity, his son, Solomon, found himself in a new season filled with new hope, greater purpose and a deeper commitment. He was going from being the king’s son to being the king. The only problem was he had no clue what he was doing!
But unlike most new leaders, especially kings, Solomon shared his flaws. He was open and made known his weaknesses, and then he petitioned his God. And the Lord answered: “At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you’” (1 Kings 3:5).
The task ahead of Solomon — lead God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel — seemed daunting, but through a dream from God, Solomon responded with integrity, clarity and wisdom. “’Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this” (1 Kings 3:8-10).
How do you respond to new seasons? With excitement or fear? Solomon went to the Father humbly and asked for wisdom. How do you come to the Father? What does the Father want to do through you, but your lack of humility is standing in the way? “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).
— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain
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