As a Child

Last week, we looked how doing it on our own did not get us where we wanted to be with God.   We are to seek God as a child.  A child is growing in wisdom.  God knows we will not get it right when we try it on our own.  We have too many messages sent our way directing us away from God, to things we think we want or think we need.  But God wants to be involved in our lives guiding and directing us.

Proverbs 24:13-14 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

When this was written honey was the sweetener they used, other refined sugars weren’t developed yet.  Refined sugar cannot be found in the history books till in 1100.  When this was written it didn’t get any sweeter than honey.  God wants us to know wisdom is the sweetest in our lives.   This is Solomon seeking God, Solomon is in the position to take over as king, yet read how he describes himself.

1 Kings 3: 7-9 “Now, 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.  Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.  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?”

Solomon saw the task before him, he came to God as a child.  We are to come to God also as a child.  A child recognizes the parent’s wisdom and they want to learn from their parent.  We must recognize God as our heavenly parent and while we may have learned many things on our own or so we think, God has even more to give us.  Solomon wanted wisdom to rule as king and God was willing to give it to him.

1 Kings 3:10-12 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.  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, 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.

Solomon sought God in this aspect but he needed to seek God in his personal life also.  God wants Solomon to know the future blessings are dependent on the obedience which will lead to even more blessings.  Too often we turn down blessing because we want to do it our own way.

1 Kings 3:13-14 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

God is always ready to bless our lives, the greatest blessing we can have is to experience God’s love.  We can know about God’s love but to experience God’s love we must seek his presence.

My mother has been gone a number of years I visit my dad normally every other week.  I would take my granddaughter, when she was younger on most of these visits.  I knew if she didn’t spend time with her great grandfather she would not experience the fact he loves her.  We could tell her, he loves her and she could say she loves him, too, but they would not experience the love.

You can know God loves you but if you don’t spend time with Him you won’t experience the love.God wants you to fellowship with Him through His Word.  God is calling you wanting to fellowship with you.

Come as a child open your Holy Bible and your heart to experience God’s deep satisfying love.

Invite Him: “Lord, Come, sit with me for a while and tell me about Yourself.”

Written by Joyce E Poggensee

Verses referenced:  Proverbs 24,  1 Kings 3

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