Day 104: Building on the Rock (1 Kings 3-5)

Posted: July 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, O 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?” 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. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” – 1 Kings 3: 5-14

Many wise men have come and gone on this planet. There have been a lot of fortune cookie sayings, books about common sense, how to live, how to treat one another and every other possible topic there is to be “wise” about. But there has never been a wise man quite like Solomon.

In fact, according to Scripture, there never will be again. Aside from Jesus, Solomon is and forever will be the wisest man to ever walk the Earth. He was wise enough in the first place to be humble enough to know he needed wisdom. Then he asked God for it, and it was granted onto him abundantly.

How I wish I had an inkling of that kind of wisdom. There are so many things I could have done differently. So many things I would have NOT said, said differently, done differently, or wouldn’t have done at all. I pray to God for wisdom sometimes – wisdom in my everyday decision making, wisdom in my career choices, wisdom with my wife. We pray for wisdom for doctors, if they are caring for somebody for love. We ask, beg and plead God for wisdom, and yet we still make the wrong choices, time after time, and we often pay the price for it.

So what do we do? Keep praying! But not only that, God has given us the tools we need to be wise. It’s called the Bible. Wisdom of all sorts is included within its pages, it’s just a matter of whether or not we are willing to listen to the truths contained within. Many times, we choose to take the foolish road, ignore God’s teachings and fall prey to the devil. Imagine how much fuller, richer and purer your life would be if you always did the wise thing?

There’s an old kid’s song we used to sing at Olympians when I was younger, and we actually dusted off the old transparencies and sang it again this year, just for giggles, but it holds spiritual truth. The lyrics go like this:

“The foolish man stores his treasures on the earth; And when he dies they’re gone! The foolish man builds his house upon the sand; And the rains came tumbling down; The rains came down and the floods came up, and the house on the sand went SPLAT! The wise man builds his house upon the rock; And the rains came tumbling down; The rains came down and the floods came up; And the house on the rock stood firm!”

It’s the old parable – the foolish man builds his house on the sand, and when the rains come, the sand erodes away, the house has nothing to stand on, and the house goes bye-bye, from the outside looking in, it seems like the wise thing would be to build the house on the rock, so that when the rain comes, the house stands firm. How many times have you put your trust in the sand? And how many times has your house gone SPLAT? I don’t mean your literal home, your roof over your head. I’m talking about your spiritual house. How many times have you put your trust in something, only to have it backfire on you, or cause you pain? These things are the sand of the world, but the LORD is your rock! Build your house upon Him who created you, and your house will stand firm no matter what the world has to bring your way

Solomon built his house upon the Rock, both figuratively and with the Temple, quite literally too! Every time we sin, every time we put pur trust in anything other than Christ, we are building our spiritual house on the sand, setting ourselves up for that inevitable storm to sweep us away. Stand firm today in Christ, be the wise man (or woman!) and build your house on the rock of Truth! It’s the only thing that will withstand anything this world has to offer! Amen for that!

Solomon may have been the wisest man to ever live, but we can still sample a slice of that wisdom today by trusting in Christ, growing in His knowledge and putting that knowledge to use for the advancement of his kingdom. The key is to turn to Him when the storms come our way, crack open that Bible, put it to good use. Use your Bible as your construction tools and build that house of God on the Rock! It’s a never-ending journey to be sure, but with God’s help, we can all grow in wisdom. Here’s to laying that cornerstone on the Rock of God!

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