A good egg!
1 Kings 2-3
Just before King David died he left clear instructions for his son, the new King, King Solomon, about how to rule when he had gone. It’s interesting that in my set reading plan today I read about the death of King David, the ancestor of Jesus Christ. Perhaps this is a good time to think back about David.
David was a shepherd, a poet, a King and an ancestor of Jesus Christ. He was in fact one of the greatest men in the Old Testament. But, let’s face it, he shows himself as well to be a betrayer, a liar, an adulterer and a murderer. However, he is really remembered for his godliness and God still considered him as a man after his own heart; a man who was obedient to God. David had a strong belief in the faithfulness and forgiving nature of God. The great thing about David was that when he sinned, he was quick to put things right with God; to confess his wrongdoing. When David made his confessions to God, they were both genuine and heartfelt. And David never took God’s forgiveness lightly or his blessings for granted. And what I loved about David was he experienced the joy of forgiveness even when he had to suffer the consequences of his sin.
What a good egg!
In this early part of King Solomon’s reign, after David died, Solomon gets rid of some opposition and in chapter 3, I read the famous story of King Solomon asking for wisdom. It was good and God was pleased because Solomon didn’t ask for riches or anything like; he wanted wisdom to help him rule fairly, knowing the difference between right and wrong. So God gave him Wisdom and added riches and honour anyway. In Matthew 6:31-33, Jesus talks about how God will give us all we need if we put him first:
“So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about then. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your live as he wants you to.”
We know that there is no other human being that has had the Wisdom of Solomon. However, we can ask God for wisdom:
‘If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask…’ (James 1:5)
In Proverbs 1:1-9, Solomon gives his definition of wisdom. I think the most important thing to remember is to trust and revere God. (Proverbs 1:7).
However, we also know that Solomon didn’t always apply the wisdom he had and therefore was not always faithful to God. I guess we do need wisdom, but even more than that we need to a good, solid, strong relationship with God. We may not have the Wisdom of Solomon, but we all have the opportunity to be faithful to God.
As I remember over this Easter what Jesus did for me on the cross, I hope I will remain faithful to Him.