“Ask! What shall I give you?”
by Violet Nesdoly (used with permission from January 28, 2013)
TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 3:1-15
TO CHEW ON: “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?'” 1 Kings 3:5
I love this story! How can one help but be drawn to a king who has the humility to admit, ‘I don’t know how to do this’? How many times hasn’t a similar cry come from my lips, perhaps yours too?
We can learn some lessons for our lives from Solomon’s encounter with God.
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Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.
3 Ways how to Go and Learn Mercy
by Harry Morgan
What is mercy? Whose baby is this?
Harry started his sermon reminding us of the story of the argument over a baby – who was the rightful mother; how Solomon knew that the real mother would show mercy and not let her child die.
“The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” (1 Kings 3:26 NIV).
“compassionate or kindly forbearance towards an enemy or someone under one’s power”
In other words, mercy is “cutting you some slack”.
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13 NIV).
Then the message hit home with these words:
Do you say? “I am glad I am not like that Pharisee.”
Do you compare yourself to others? Do we compete? Jobs? Money? Homes? Do we like to feel better than others? Am I smarter? better behaved? have a higher education? understand Scripture better?
Oh I have – I do. Instead Harry said we need to all be in the same boat because we are all equal in God’s eyes.
Do we do the same at church? Are we mediators for God? Are we helping others into the mercy of God? Or do we say what is she doing in “my pew”? Or why is that baby crying? Or what is that long-haired kid doing in my church?
So Harry gave us 3 ways to Go and Learn mercy:
1. Review the Mercy of God:
- we are fallen, needy and sinful
- we have arrogance, selfishness and pride
- God is love
- Christ died for all of us so we could be totally forgiven
- God hates the “sin” but loves the “sinner”
2. To Understand that we are not here to Control other People’s Lives:
- there is a long history of this control in the church
- we tend to put glory into our flesh (our power, our wisdom)
- instead we need to worship the Spirit of God
- we need to meditate on the mercy of our God
3. Pray that we might Discern the Difference between Mercy and Sacrifice:
- this will help us not burn out
- it will get us back to Jesus, the well of life – our Saviour
- don’t get caught up in “busyness” – instead draw from the well of God and use mercy
- pray you can “pay it forward”