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Organizing the Inside – Day 126 How Would You Answer God?

7That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9Now, 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. 10Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

I’ve often wondered, if asked the same question by God what my answer would be.
Solomon’s answer pleased the Lord, and because of his humility and sincere desire to serve the Lord with wisdom;  God granted him much more than he’d asked for.

Every Christian has to consider what their priorities are.
Solomon’s priority was to do the best he could for God, and he knew it would take much more than he had within himself to get the job done. Many Christian are considering renewing their commitments, and making changes in their routines and daily habits to be better stewards of their time and talents. Lots of new commitments are made during this time of the year, as most of us are looking to the future with a renewed sense of optimism. It’s nice to have a fresh starting point, a chance to try yet again, to do better and to get it right. What commitments and priorities have you set in place for the New Year? We are on day seven, the number of completion. How are you doing so far?

Solomon made an outstanding choice.
He could have chosen to ask for something that would make his life easy.
He could have chosen to ask for something that was adventurous or exciting.
He could have chosen to ask for what he thought was most important.
He could have chosen to ask for favor among the people he ruled.
He could have chosen to ask for his enemies to be eliminated.

He decided to ask for what he needed first and foremost.
In his humility, he thought to seek the wisdom of God. Before setting your priorities and establishing new goals, or adjusting the old ones did you seek the wisdom of God?  Solomon could have relied on his own understanding and asked for what he thought was most urgent or most expedient but instead, he put first things first. He asked God to grant him the wisdom and knowledge to lead His people, how amazing, how selfless.

Put first things first, and you too will be given not only what you need, but far more than you ever asked for. (also read Matthew 6:33 and Ephesians 3:20)