By Hannah Ng’uni
“Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” -1 Kings 3:9 NLT
Picture this, God appears to you and asks, “what shall I give you?” What would be your response? Honestly, I would probably start listing all the things I desire, my dreams and aspirations. Things I feel will make for a happy comfortable life.
God asked Solomon the same question in 1 Kings 3, his response is so unique because he starts off by recalling what the Lord had done for his father David and now for him then humbly admits to not having the experience or wisdom to be a great king. He views his position as God given and the people as God’s people not his.
Solomon’s answer reveals that not only did he recognise he was limited in his own ability to a great king but that in order to succeed, God had to be involved. It is no wonder his response pleased God and he was granted much more than he asked for. Reminds me of Ephesians 3:20:
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”. NLT
The amazing truth is that God is willing to partner with us and when we allow His mighty power, not our efforts, to work within us, we position ourselves to accomplish infinitely more than our natural minds can imagine. How exciting!
Now think back to our opening question, what would your response be now?
Dear heavenly Father, thank you that You are willing to partner with me and accomplish amazing things in and through me. Like Solomon, I recognise I am limited in my own ability to be all You have destined me to be. I choose to rely on You and your mighty power at work in me. Amen!
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