Focus/52 is the weekly devotional of The Pentecostals. As a church family, we focus our attention on a different chapter in the bible every week for 52 weeks per year. Not only do we study the same chapter together, but we also memorize a passage out of that chapter every week. Follow along with us. We'd love to have you.
October 8 - October 14, 2018
Read I Kings 3
I Kings 3:11-12 (KJV)
11 - And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;12 - Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
What Are You Asking For?
“Ask God for wisdom. Believe God without doubt. Thank God no matter what.” ~Ann Voskamp
Marriage to fellow royalty was a common political strategy in the ancient world and it continues today. Conflicts between nations were sometimes avoided for the sake of family ties.
This was not Solomon’s first marriage however. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, was born from a previous wife.
At the beginning of Solomon’s reign, his sacrifices demonstrate his great wealth and a heart to use it to the glory of God.
Solomon’s dream in this passage is one of the more significant dreams in the Bible. God‘s response reflects that Solomon’s heart is truly surrendered to Him.
Solomon asked for knowledge and understanding. The ancient word for understanding means “hearing.” Solomon desired a heart that could hear God. God answers Solomon beyond his wildest imagination.
Though he accomplished much, he could’ve done much more, but his heart was led away from God in the end.
Lord, help me to be wise and discerning. I want to hear what You would say through Your spoken and written Word.