Saturday, December 2, 2000

1 Kings 4:29 -- On Seeking Wisdom

"And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore."
1 Kings 4:29

This is cool... So many times when we ask God for something it is something of the world... tangible, physical... like our car keys, or a new car, or a nicer house... :)  even a better job, or good friends.  Rarely do we look at ourselves and say, you know... I wish I could offer more to other people.  We’re usually asking for them to offer more to us. :) 

God tells us, several places in the scriptures, how much he values love, and he shows us how much he values compassion.  I think sometimes about the three Nephites... how they asked God if they could stay and bring souls to him, and the others asked if they could come immediately to him in his kingdom when they reached a certain age.  God blesses us with what we want, and neither desire was unrighteous... only, how often do we think of other's needs before our own? 

Solomon asked for this wisdom and understanding so that he could be a good king for the people.  Most of the other kings never thought of asking for anything; they just thought it was cool that they got to have all that power... sometimes they were good kings and sometimes they were bad kings, but they never thought of asking for something that would bless the lives of other people.  Something to think about today, as we go about our daily lives... are we asking for and seeking things that will make us more comfortable individually... or are we truly seeking to bless the lives of others?

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