December 31, 2015

1 Kings 3_12

1 Kings 3:5-14

In today’s reading, Solomon is visited by the Lord in a dream, and the Lord is asking Solomon what he would like as a favor from God. God is pleased with his answer, and honors his request far greater than Solomon could expect. Solomon not only received the wisdom he asks for, but all that he didn’t ask for, riches, fame, and prosperity of his kingdom. It makes you wonder why Solomon, who was probably in his late twenties, would ask for wisdom instead of the material things.

The answer comes in Solomon’s request: “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David, my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you.” Solomon knew what to ask for because of David’s love for God and his faithfulness. Far too often we forget that parents have a great deal of influence on their children. We forget the adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” And we forget what Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Solomon himself was proof.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help all parents to be examples of how to live for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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