“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

– 1 Kings 3:7-9 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Young Solomon knew that he was over his head; he was the new king of Israel at the peak of its power. Yet instead of asking for riches or a long life, he asks for a discerning heart, and this was the prayer that pleased God. When we are faced with overwhelming circumstances, do we ask for the ability to know right from wrong, or do we look to resources as a way to avoid the issues? God wants to use opportunities to mature us; he uses the challenges of success for His purposes in our lives.

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