SUMMARY: Mixed signals
OVERVIEW: Solomon shows humility as king through worship and asking God for wisdom. Yet, he also accumulates horses and chariots (cp. Deu. 17:17) and begins trading with other nations, making him vulnerable for the future.
BIG IDEA: Focus on God today; avoid distractions.
KEY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 1:9–10 (Solomon’s prayer)
O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want your worship. Not only is it a sweet sound to my ears and a beautiful fragrance, but it will help you. Worship will give you focus. It enables you to push aside fear and worry and anything that distracts you. Worship will remind you of our relationship’s value and how I always have more to offer. You could never receive all I have for you. And worship is a magnet for others. When you focus on me, others can’t help but want to do the same.
As you might imagine, the enemy does not want you to worship me. He will entice you with countless distractions or attempt to overwhelm you with anxiety. Push the distractions aside. Most of them are meaningless, but they will be available after you worship me if they have value. Keep your eyes on me and give me all of your heart. I will use the time to strengthen you and your faith as you bless me and sing my praises.
Practice focusing on God today. Identify the things or people who help you focus on God from those that distract you. Utilize what helps you and avoid that which distracts you.