26th October 2018

“Ask! What Shall I Give You?”

“…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart…”
1 Kings 3:12 (NKJV)

As he looked down at the innocent infant’s eyes staring back at him, the king was glad he had asked for wisdom. He was going to need every ounce of it for this one. Looking up, two women stood in front of him. Both waiting on his judgment. Both had protested it was their child, yet one was lying. Solomon had to decide which one. A thought flashed into his mind: “Bring me a sword,” he ordered. The women looked at each other confused. What was the King about to do? With the sword now ready, he looked at the child, then at the two women: “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.” The woman whose child it was could not bear the thought of her child being killed. She would rather the child live even if it meant losing it to another woman. Solomon had his answer: this woman was the real mother. Her response revealed what was in her heart.

Solomon’s wisdom, like a two-edged sword, became a ‘discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart’ (Hebrews 4:12). In his unorthodox approach he was able to tease out a reaction that laid bare each woman’s motive and attachment to the child. To the one, it was her treasure; to the other, it was her spoil. Solomon was given the insight of this principle: “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

1 Kings 3:3 tells us that Solomon loved the Lord and walked in His statutes and that God said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (verse 5). Solomon asked for a wise and understanding heart. This was the “wisdom that is from above” (James 3:17), gifted by God. But why did Solomon ask for wisdom? He confessed, “I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in…For who is able to judge this great people of Yours? (1 Kings 3:7, 9). He needed God to guide his decisions. Solomon’s response to God’s question revealed what was in his heart.

For us it is good and proper to stop and consider how our heart leads us to respond. Our response can be a window into our heart, showing where our priorities lie. And it is the same with Jesus. What was His response when asked by His disciples how to pray? His response revealed what was in His heart: He prayed, “Father…Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). Jesus prayed for the Kingdom to come, revealing His heart. Let us seek the same heart too.

Prayer
Father, in praying for your Kingdom to come to earth, please give us the heart to mean it and want it”
Amen

Study by Richard Fowler
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About the Author:
Richard Fowler attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International. He helps with Young People’s Church there as well as writing a blog and articles for the UK Church’s Because Magazine (www.because.uk.com).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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