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Idolatry-Discerning: What is God’s will for us?

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Romans 12:2

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

If you were offered one wish, what would you ask for?  Would you wish for a truckload of money?  Would you want to be the smartest kid at your school?  The biggest and best TV?

Solomon was given this opportunity.  He was a young man when his father King David died.  Solomon now sat on the throne as king of Israel. One night God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (I Kings 3: 5)

Wow!  Solomon was already king of God’s nation.  What could King Solomon possibly want?  Or need?  What if you were in King Solomon’s shoes?  What would you ask God to give you?  

What did Solomon choose?  Solomon said, “Lord, you have made me king.…give me a heart that understands.  Then I can rule over your people.  I want to tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong.” (I Kings 3: 7-9)

The Lord was very pleased with Solomon’s request.  God told Solomon, “You have not asked to live for a long time.  You have not asked to be wealthy.  You have not even asked to have your enemies killed.  Instead you have asked for understanding.  Because this is what you have asked for, I will give it to you.  I will give you a wise and understanding heart…and that is not all.  I will also give you riches and honor.  As long as you live, no other king will be as great as you are.” (I Kings 3: 10-13)

Living well means more than being healthy, wealthy, or wise.  Living well means walking and talking with God every day.  Living well means enjoying the many blessings that God gives to you.  Follow Solomon’s example by seeking God first; everything else will follow.

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