“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 NIV
I am going to send out a series of devotions that I feel we need to see again. They’re perfect for ending one year and beginning a new one.
Solomon was the wisest of all men and we all can quote some of his proverbs, but today, so many parents are watching their children graduating from college with, seemingly, nowhere to go and not knowing which way to turn. Today, let’s start with the wisdom of childlike faith.
Think back to the time when you finally got out of the military or college, and you were taking that first job. Or maybe it was when you had your first child, and all of the sudden, you realized you had to act like an adult. 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 Solomon felt like when he unexpectedly and suddenly became the King of all Israel. He felt overwhelmed, yet he had all this responsibility. He was called to lead a great nation that began with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph – a nation with extraordinary, Godly leaders like Moses and Joshua, and even his own father, David. Solomon reflected on all of this, and said, “I feel like a little child.” Now, think about that for a minute. Children are utterly dependent on their parents. So, when Solomon, since his earthly father had died, spoke to his Heavenly Father, all he could say was, “I feel as a little child.” He expressed an utter dependence on his Heavenly Father. That is 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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