god-providesEntering now into the 2nd book of Chronicles – we continue to see the historical events of the nation of Israel from a religious perspective (unlike the historical perspective of 1-2 Kings). While 1 Chronicles focused on David and the establishment of the kingly line through the Davidic covenant between God and David – 2 Chronicles picks up with David’s son, Solomon – through 513 years of monarchy rule in the lineage of David – and culminating with the destruction of the southern kingdom of Judah by Babylon.

Right out of the gate we see Solomon off to a great start. He has inherited a solid kingdom from his father, and has continued the right relationship with God which David has modeled for him. Just as his father had completed his reign by speaking with the people – Solomon begins his the same way… along with some major offerings of dedication to the Lord. After that takes place – Solomon has a dream where God asks him a very important question.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, Ask what I shall give you.” 2 Chr 1:7 AMP

The strong implication with this question is that God has every intention of granting whatever request Solomon makes of Him. This is based on the work of David – and not of Solomon (as he hadn’t done anything yet). Many people interpret that fact that Solomon asked for Wisdom as proof that God devalues the request of riches, wealth, honor, or long life – which would be the “typical” response to this offering.

But that is not what God said.

God was pleased, not that Solomon had shunned the other things, but that he had made a request which would enable him to better serve the Lord and His people as king. This was a reflection of His heart… to love the Lord and do His work. To say that God is somehow implying that the other request options of riches, wealth, honor, and long life are in fact the wrong answer is to discredit large portions of Scripture where those very gifts are offered by the Lord to His people.

What God was doing was revealing His heart towards Solomon (because of David). God’s heart is to bless His people and provide for them… to grant them long life and everything they need in life. By offering Solomon “anything he wanted” – God was just continuing to be who He had always been… from Adam/Eve in the garden to Abraham on down.

In the New Testament He continues with the very same offering to us that He gave to Solomon:

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.” – Matt 7:7 AMP

He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”– Matt 17:20 AMP

And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”– Matt 21:22 AMP

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.“– John 15:7 AMP

God hasn’t changed – just as He loved and provided for Solomon (because of David), He loves and provides for you and I (because of Jesus). The eye-opening part of this chapter is not that God made such an offer to Solomon, but that Solomon’s answer revealed his heart. Solomon revealed that He had God’s kingdom in mind above himself. His answer was a statement of love for God and His nation of Israel… and that he took the calling of king seriously. Solomon knew that he could not lead these people without God’s help… and so his answer was one of priority.

In the end – Solomon went away with more then he came with. That is how it has always been with people who place God first… be it Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Job, or you and I. Don’t allow the poverty-choked spirit of religion steal what God wants to give you! Instead give Him your heart and see what He does in return!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

 

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