Dear Church Friends,
The granting of three wishes is the main focus of Genie in a Bottle stories. The granting of those wishes is usually a trap set by the evil Genie (or Jinn) with the moral of the story being along the lines of “be careful what you wish for” and/or “enjoy the life you actually have.”
But, what if God, the God of the Bible, the God you can trust appeared to you and told you that you could ask him for any one thing. What would you ask for? Before reading on, take a moment to seriously, honestly, and personally answer that question: What would you ask for?
Hold that thought for a moment and consider a different topic and question. Generally, when we are evaluating people, especially, but not exclusively, public figures and leaders, we tend to have only two categories: good or bad. I don’t know if that’s a modern phenomenon or if it’s always been that way. But think about it: What’s your gut reaction when you hear the following names: George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Barak Obama, and Ronald Reagan? Or if you’re a Georgia sports fan, how about Arthur Smith, Mark Richt, and Bobby Cox? Or how about Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams, and Nathan Deal?
What do the above two questions have in common? This week we conclude our Old Testament survey series by considering God’s Word and King Solomon. Consider the following:
- God appeared to Solomon, offered to grant him one “wish,” and ended up gifting him two things.
- Did Solomon make the right choice with his wish?
- As we look at his choices, his successes, the end of his life, and how Israel forever divided as a nation due to him, how do we evaluate Solomon? Was he a good guy or a bad guy? A success or a failure?
All these questions are wrapped up in the question “What is More Important than Wisdom and Wealth?” So, take some time to reflect on that as you read and consider the following passages: 1 Kings 3:3-14, 1 Kings 11:1-8, 1 Kings 12:1-5, & 12-15.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,