“A Double Portion”
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this…I have done according to thy words…
1 Kings 3: 9-10,12
Do we really want to be wise in our relationships, finances, jobs, whom to marry, where to live, and even how to serve the Lord? If so, ask for wisdom and discernment, knowing that in doing so God may give us more than we ask.
When we think of wisdom, most of us think of Solomon in all his riches and glory. God appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What I shall give thee.” (I Kings 3:5, ) The reason for the question, Solomon had followed examples of his father David who walked before God in truth, and in uprightness. He responded to God’s question, “…I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in…. Give your servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, discern between good and bad (1 Kings 3:7,9, KJV).
He didn’t ask for long life or riches. God was so pleased with Solomon’s humility and submissiveness that He gave him wisdom, understanding, and all that he didn’t ask for. “…none like thee before, nor after him. (1 Kings 3:13(c))
I want to encourage you like Elisha when asked by Elijah, “What I shall do for thee?” Elisha, knowing how God had used Elijah in so many miracles,” said, “I pray thee, let a double portion of thy Spirit be up on me.” It is time to seek the spirit of God, with it comes wisdom and understanding which benefits our relationships and daily living.
Inspired by: Ernestine Burtley
Jethro Team Member
New Life Community Church