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"God or Gold"

Date published: 10/07/2012
1 Kings 3:5, 9 “God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.’ (Solomon answered) ‘So give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.’” (NIV)
In this Scripture, the position of Solomon’s heart was not only pure, but impressive in his desire to experience more of God. Most people, given the option of choosing whatever they wanted from God, would choose that which benefited them personally instead of others. How do you gain a heart that responds with the purity of Solomon’s heart?1 Kings 3:3a gives you more of a glimpse of Solomon’s heart, “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David.” If you try to train yourself or perform on your own, your sinful nature will surely trip you up. You must draw deeper into the Lord while responding to His leading in obedience. Solomon’s relationship with God resulted in his wisdom, understanding, and discernment far exceeding anything he could do on his own or that the world could offer. Unfortunately Solomon left an opening for failure. 1 Kings 3:3b goes on to say, “Except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.” Solomon began to seek provision in places other than the one true God. This led Solomon to find his pleasure and satisfaction in things other than what came from God until he came to the point of saying 38 times in Ecclesiastes how various things, relationships, aspirations, and activities were all meaningless. Solomon’s list of God’s blessings on his life contained almost every conceivable thing that you might want – but these things can easily divert your heart from God to yourself. How did Solomon know this? God had blessed him in every conceivable way so that he had the unique opportunity of experiencing the worthlessness of the things of this world in comparison to his relationship with God. Unfortunately Solomon forgot the source of these blessings and tried to find satisfaction in the blessings alone.Deuteronomy 8:10-12 warns, “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day.”Your satisfaction and purpose in life must always flow out of the intimacy of your relationship with Jesus. Walk with Jesus daily in prayer, Bible reading, and obedience, and you too will experience the satisfying contentment that only God can give.
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (NIV)