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Ask of God what I can do for others

1 Kings 3:7-14

[7] “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. [8] Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. [9] So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

[10] The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. [11] So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, [12] I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. [13] Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. [14] And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 

Solomon at a younger age, listened to his father, David’s advice. His heart was for the people. Asking for discernment was not for his sake but for the people’s sake. God provided and gave more that he asked for. There is, however, a cost to God’s blessing. He has to walk in God’s way and obey His statutes and commands. Was it possible? Yes, David was the example. Did he needed to be perfect? No, David made mistakes but repented from those mistakes.

The bible gives us 2 examples of great kings – David and Solomon. Father and Son. We see David living a faithful life and Solomon, which soon we’ll see falls short of God’s expectations.

We have a choice of how our lives will be. Follow God’s way and obey His statutes and commands and we will have a fruitful live.

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