No more reading and Solomon

February 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm (Intro)

Due to a good thump from God, I gave up fiction for Lent.  He gave me a fairly stern reminder that I was reading not to enjoy, but to escape (I love my life though, don’t get me wrong) and that I was making reading fiction too important.  This means that from midnight Tuesday to midnight the day before Easter I’ll only be reading my Bible and non-fiction.  The extra Bible reading lately has given me some interesting history to chew on.

I’ve been reading 1 Samuel and it’s been pretty eye opening. One thing that I keep coming back to is that Solomon was only the 3rd king of Israel.  First was Saul who messed up by not killing all of the animals and the king after the Israelites destroyed the Amalkites, and then there was David who had a few downfalls (Bathsheba anybody?)  David wanted to build a grand temple for the Lord, but was told that he had to let his son do that.  Cue Solomon’s entrance! 

Solomon is known by Christians and non-Christians alike because of his thirst for wisdom.  He prayed for wisdom instead of riches or land, and God awarded him both. It’s pretty cool how God wants us to follow His will, and when we do, he greatly rewards us. Solomon wasn’t perfect, I mean the guy had 300 wives and 600 concubine and he let all of them build temples to whatever deity they chose, but he followed God, even when it wasn’t easy.  Solomon listened to God and did his very best to please God in his actions, and because of that, God gave Solomon glory and riches beyond all men.  He also let Solomon build a stunning temple for Him.  It’s pretty neat what can happen when you follow God.

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