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Friday, August 27, 2021

As we crystallize what lessons we have learned in our study of the life of King Solomon let me share a second application: gifting does not guarantee automatic or continued success.   

When God said to Solomon in a dream, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you,” he asked for “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong"

(1Kings 3:9). God responded, “I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be” In addition God promised him, “both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” (1 Kings 3:12-14). 

When you read about all he was able to do, discern, understand and communicate it is obvious he was a gifted man. As we saw in our last study, privilege enables you to do a lot of good, but it doesn’t eliminate accountability. Gifting, likewise, enables you to do a lot of good, but it doesn’t guarantee automatic or continued success. 

1 Kings 4: 32-33 describes what he was able to do: “He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.” His judicial decisions were brilliant and his religious perceptions and pronouncements were profound. 

In spite of all this, he made some bad alliances and established tragic relationships that led him astray into spiritual compromise. Again we see the tragedy of misused privilege.

 

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