Friday, June 5, 2009

Life Altering Dream

Solomon had a dream.
And it changed his life.

It was preceeded by an entire day of worshipping God. I don't know what all he did to worship God. But it was at the most prominent of the Jehovah shrines. And he sacrificed 1000 bulls on the altar. Talk about over the top!

That night he was exhausted. (Not really. You know he didn't lift a finger to kill and sacrifice all those bulls. The priests did all the work)

Anyway. His intent to honor and praise God for all he was worth was noted. God appeared to him in a dream.

"That night, there in Gibeon, God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, "What can I give you? Ask."
6 Solomon said, "You were extravagantly generous in love with David my father, and he lived faithfully in your presence, his relationships were just and his heart right. And you have persisted in this great and generous love by giving him—and this very day!—a son to sit on his throne.
7 -8 "And now here I am: God, my God, you have made me, your servant, ruler of the kingdom in place of David my father. I'm too young for this, a mere child! I don't know the ropes, hardly know the 'ins' and 'outs' of this job. And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you've chosen, a great people—far too many to ever count.
9 "Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?"

Remember, this is all a dream! But in his dream, as in his real life, he was truly sincere about loving God, serving God, and serving the people well that he was king over.

God was impressed.

10 -14 "God, the Master, was delighted with Solomon's response. And God said to him, "Because you have asked for this and haven't grasped after a long life, or riches, or the doom of your enemies, but you have asked for the ability to lead and govern well, I'll give you what you've asked for—I'm giving you a wise and mature heart. There's never been one like you before; and there'll be no one after. As a bonus, I'm giving you both the wealth and glory you didn't ask for—there's not a king anywhere who will come up to your mark. And if you stay on course, keeping your eye on the life-map and the God-signs as your father David did, I'll also give you a long life."

What a satisfying dream! He talks to God. God is pleased. And God offers him long life, wealth and glory - AND the wisdom to rule his people well.

He wakes up, stretches contentedly. And goes out to face the day.

15 "Solomon woke up—what a dream! He returned to Jerusalem, took his place before the Chest of the Covenant of God, and worshiped by sacrificing Whole-Burnt-Offerings and Peace-Offerings. Then he laid out a banquet for everyone in his service."

This dream changed his life.

Well, not the dream. God, who spoke to him in the dream.

How does God speak to us? Lots of different ways.

Can we do anything to increase the odds that He will talk to us?

Of course. Live for Him. Worship Him. Be attuned to Him and His will.

Maybe tonight you will have a dream that will change your life!

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