Maybe A Better Wish…?

Posted: July 3, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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i wonder if in some way Solomon wasted his wish.  Yes, God blessed his wish. Surely his wish was much better than other things he could have asked. But, i wonder if Solomon at the end of his days looked back and wished that he had chosen different.

Consider David his father, he would not have picked wisdom and knowledge for his son.  It’s not what he prayed.  David prayed, “Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provisions.” (1 Chronicles 29:19) David told Solomon, “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”(1 Chronicles 28:9)

my greatest need is a whole heart and a willing mind that seeks after God. That sounds like wisdom but it’s not the same thing. And having great wisdom is no guarantee that a heart after God will be chosen.

The downfall of Solomon was his wayward heart.  He retained all his wisdom and knowledge, yet his kingdom was ripped apart. Solomon’s wives turned his heart. (1 Kings 11:3)  He did not have a whole heart for God and he did what was evil in the sight of God (1 Kings 11:6).

Solomon thought that contentment would be found in wisdom, knowledge, and ruling his people well.  Read Ecclesiastes, Solomon did not find contentment in any of that.  He concluded that it was all vanities.

Where is my heart and mind? What have i been asking God for? What have i been positioning myself for?

Mark 12:30 That i would love the Lord my God out of and with my whole heart and out of and with all my soul (your life) and out of and with all my mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all my strength. This is the first and principal commandment. The second is like it and is this, i will love my neighbor as myself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

Psalm 27:4 One thing have i asked of the Lord, that will i seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that i may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

As for what would i do if i won the lottery? It’s not a valid question as you have to play to win.


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