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1 Kings Chapter 4

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1 Kings

Chapter 4 Summary

In chapter 3 we read all about how Solomon used his one opportunity to ask God for anything he could possibly want to gain the wisdom he knew would be necessary to successfully rule the Kingdom God had given him. This simple request so pleased God that not only did he get the wisdom unlike any before or any that would ever come after him; he also received all of the things that any other human on the planet would probably have asked for, wealth, honor and the like.

The first half of chapter 4 introduces us to the officials that were under Solomon’s rule while the second half of the chapter gives detail to the wealth, power, and wisdom bestowed upon Solomon by God. Verse 29 states that God bestowed upon Solomon great wisdom and discernment. Further on we read that Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. His wisdom was so well know that people came from all over to hear from Solomon’s wisdom.

Reflection

It seems as if wisdom is sorely lacking in a lot of areas these days. The good news is that God is still sharing that wisdom with us through His word. Solomon wrote over 4,000 various works recording the wisdom God had given him. A lot of those writings are found within the pages of Scripture in Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.

The New Testament writer James reminds us that God will grant wisdom to those who ask for it. Personally, this reminder is something that I have really needed. Over the past few weeks there have been a lot of changes that have taken place in my life and there are several areas that are going to continue to change for the foreseeable future. One thing that I tend to struggle with the most is change. I don’t handle it well at all. I never really have. This time as things continue to swirl and twist around me I am working hard to turn my anxiety into prayers for wisdom.

What areas of your life could you use a little more wisdom? Take some time to ask God for the wisdom that you will need.

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