1 Kings 3:7-9a NIV 2011
“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…”
David’s words to Solomon, 1 Kings 2:2, “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires.” David was aware he was inexperienced but knew God chose him as his successor. 1 Chronicles 29:1, “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced.” Solomon sought the Lord and asked for God’s assistance in leading His people. As a good king he needed to listen patiently to form his decisions. Isaiah 11:2, “The Spirit of wisdom and of understanding…” God provides wisdom to His servants.
Thinking back on the times I’ve assisted in resolving a situation in a way completely foreign to me, I take a step back and smile. Why do I smile, because that resolution has nothing to do with my way of approaching that challenge. My smile comes from knowing who directed my path. Like the patriarchs, daily God chooses and uses those He’s chosen. It’s my privilege to pray for those He’s called. He calls and provides wisdom to each of His servants.
How does God call His faithful to serve?