"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."  1 Kings 3:7

WHEN “ADULTING” FEELS OVERWHELMING

Think back to the time when you finally entered adulthood. Maybe it was leaving the military or college, taking that first job or having your first child. All  of a sudden, you realize it’s time to grow up. I’ll never forget those feelings when I finished college, moved to Augusta, and took a job in corporate America. This was before Anne and I got married, and years before I went into the ministry. For several weeks, I’d wake up in the morning, and think, “You know, I’m supposed to be an adult, but I feel like a kid.” I was scared to death.

That’s what King Solomon felt like when he unexpectedly and suddenly became the King of all Israel. He felt overwhelmed, and yet he had all this responsibility. He was called to lead a great nation that went all the way back to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. It was a nation with extraordinary, Godly leaders like Moses and Joshua, and even his own father, David. Solomon reflected on all of this, and felt as though he didn’t measure up. He felt like a little child, completely in over his head.  Now, think about that for a minute. Children are utterly dependent on their parents. So, when Solomon, spoke to his Heavenly Father after the death of his earthly father, all he could say was, “I feel like a little child.” He expressed an utter dependence on his Heavenly Father. That’s actually not a bad place for a king to begin. And it’s not a bad place for all of us to be, either.

Approach your life as a little child, completely dependent on your Heavenly Father. He will provide; He will never disappoint. With the faith of a child, we can live like mature adults.

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