Satisfied

Am I ever satisfied?

Are you?

We live in a culture where it’s very difficult to be satisfied because there is always bigger and better.  There is always more.

How do I find satisfaction when I am surrounded by all of this?

God tells me through King Solomon in Proverbs 3 how find contentment in my life.

  • Never forget what God has taught me.
  • Be loyal and kind.
  • Trust in God – be dependent on his understanding, not mine.
  • Make fulfilling God’s will for my life my goal.
  • Keep on the path God directs me to take.
  • Turn away from evil.  Respect and honor God and never get too impressed with myself.
  • Honor God with my time and treasures.
  • Accept my Father’s discipline.  He loves me and wants the best for me.
  • Ask God for wisdom – it is precious and nothing else will bring me satisfaction.
  • Hang on to my common sense and discernment – they will help make me safe and secure.
  • Encourage others.
  • Don’t make a big deal out of small things.
  • Don’t envy violent or wicked people.  At first, I would say that I would never envy violent or wicked people.  But then, I think about some people I know who have ‘gotten away’ with things that were not right but it brought them pleasure or financial gain.  Did I ever wish that was me?

That’s a great list!  It’s interesting to me that things like ‘get an education so you can get a good job and make a lot of money’ aren’t on here.

There’s nothing on this list that tells me that buying stuff and owning things are going to bring me satisfaction.

This list is all about me and God working together to grow my faith, grow my character and grow my wisdom.

Amen.  Let it be so, Abba Father.

The Test

The wisest man on earth passed the test.

His name was Solomon.may 15 a test

In 1 Kings 10, we read that one of the most famous queens of all time – the Queen of Sheba – went to visit King Solomon.

To test him.

To see if he really was wise.

She arrived in Jerusalem in a “very great caravan with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold and precious stones.” (vs 9).

Can you imagine what this caravan looked like?

The Queen of Sheba took this huge group over 1200 miles through the hot desert which was filled with bandits and thieves to talk to Solomon about all the things she had on her mind.

And Solomon answered all of her questions.

After Solomon passed his test, she praised ‘the Lord your God’ for the wisdom she saw in Solomon.

When she left, Solomon gave praise to God for all of his marvelous works and for all of the blessings God had given him.

In a way, Solomon passed another test.  He knew where his wisdom came from and he made sure to thank God for it.

May we be faithful in following his example.

Please give us your wisdom, Abba Father.