1 Kings 3 – 1 Kings 5
I’m going to make the assumption that by now you may have heard that Disney is releasing “Aladdin” and will come out in theaters May 24. I haven’t made up my mind if I want to go and see it yet. Part of me wants to hold on the joy of the 1992 animated film. Regardless of whether or not you plan on seeing the film, I am certain that it will spark some conversations over that age old question, “If you found a genie in the bottle, what three wishes would you ask for?”
Then, what if you only had one wish to be granted? What would it be? I’d probably ask for wealth. That might surprise you, and I’m not trying to be greedy. Yet, with two growing boys and college drawing ever closer, I know that there never seems to be enough to go around. Indeed we are blessed, but a few extra zeros in the bank account wouldn’t hurt either.
Solomon is posed with that very question. He has inherited the throne and God is willing to grant him one thing to help see his reign well into the future. Amazingly, Solomon asks for wisdom! What a bold response!! Because he doesn’t ask for all of the selfish things that you and I might tend to ask for, God rewards him with wisdom, honor, riches, and everything else to go with it. What a blessing!
Now off to search for my genie in the bottle!
Our next reading: 1 Kings 6 – 7