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Summary: oday if God asked you this question how would you respond? • Family get saved • More Money • A better Job • Someone that you know could be healed • “"What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you" (I Ki 3:5)

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If God gave you a wish, what would it be?

This morning we’re gonna be looking at . 1 Kings 2:1-4 3:1-15

• And what we need to understand is that In the Old Testament,

• God rarely appeared to people.

• However, King Solomon had a number of direct encounters with God and this was one of them.

Now I have wondered just how I would have responded if I had heard,God ask me this

• As a Pastor, a larger Congregation?

• That the church be out of Debt?

• That we would have a great band?

• That we could make a greater difference for His Kingdom

• “"What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you" (I Ki 3:5)

Today if God asked you this question how would you respond?

• Family get saved

• More Money

• A better Job

• Someone that you know could be healed

• “"What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you" (I Ki 3:5)

Now Solomon could have asked for riches,

• But instead he asked for something completely different

• He asked God to give him the ability to do what God wanted him to do

• He asked to be a Fair / Just / For a Understanding Heart / for Wisdom

• So he could governor in Israel.

Solomon asked that God give him what he needed to do God’s work

• Because this was more important to him than Riches / Honor / Power .

• We was more concerned with what God wanted him to do

• Than what he wanted to do

His number 1 Priority

• Was to be able to walk in God’s ways / do what God wanted him to do

• In the middle of a corrupt world.

So he chose a discerning heart so that he could governor of God’s people.

Jesus tells us Lk 12:34 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.

As I thought about this passage I wondered WHY Solomon made such a good Choice / Wise choice in response to God’s question: “"What can I give you? Ask." (I Ki 2:5).

And I can think of three reasons:

1. His Father’s influence- It was from the good influence of David his father.

Read 2 Kings 2: 2-3

David gave Solomon a solemn charge / Serious Obligation / A Requirement

• To Observe The requirements of the Lord

• To Follow all His ways

• To keep the Decrees / Commands / Regulations / Laws written in the Law

As parents we can have a real influence on our children

• For good and for evil.

• And we can never underestimate just how much of an effect

• We have on our children, even when they have grown up and left home.

Mark Twain Once Said about his own father:

"When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around, but when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

It takes time for children to appreciate their parents ‘Concern / Advice.

• It was important to David to encourage his son to follow the ways of God.

And it’s because of David’s influence that I believe Solomon made such a good choice in response to God’s question:


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