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6 December 2017

 

Wednesday 6th December - 1 Kings 3: 5 - 13

Solomon – God with us in our responsibilities

 

At this time last year, Donald Trump was just beginning a ‘Thank You Tour’, following his election as President on 9th November. In the succeeding months there have been elections and leadership challenges across the world – from the UK to Ecuador, from France to New Zealand, from Germany to Kenya.  It is always fascinating, and occasionally worrying, to hear the manifestos and action plans with which the leaders hope to affect their countries, and the wider world.  Do you ever ponder what gifts and qualities these men and women might have prayed for on the eve of their inauguration?

Solomon was already an experienced leader of the people of Israel, and following King David’s death, the whole weight of responsibility for the future of his people would fall on him alone. How would he use this new power? How would his reign take the story forward; how would his rule serve God’s ultimate purposes.

As we have seen over the past few days, God called people of different skills and experience to serve as instruments in his loving plans. Plans ‘to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a future’ as he says in Jeremiah 29.10. He used David to establish a Kingdom, and now Solomon will bring it to fulfilment. A wonderful and awesome responsibility. Solomon had enough knowledge of his people, and enough humility and self-knowledge to know that wisdom and discernment would be more vital than huge displays of power and wealth.

May we pray for our leaders across the world that they too will seek wisdom, discernment and humility in their daunting calling.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 22 - 26