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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Empowered Wisely. Grew the Kingdom.

King Solomon was giving the kingdom by his father, David.  King Solomon was given wisdom by his Father, God.  Now, king Solomon must decide to do with the power, position, and wisdom.

King Solomon now ruled over all Israel, and these were his high officials…  (1 Kings 4:1-2 NLT)

He used this combination to rule the nation of Israel wisely.  He administered justice, as we saw yesterday, to even the people outcast by the rest of their culture.  He delegated wisely, as we see today, to many people who would lead various areas of the kingdom.  The result?  The kingdom grew.

The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They were very contented, with plenty to eat and drink. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River in the north to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt in the south. The conquered peoples of those lands sent tribute money to Solomon and continued to serve him throughout his lifetime. (1 Kings 4:20-21 NLT)

We’ve been looking at Jesus’ model prayer where he taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come.  Your will be done here on earth just as it is in heaven.”  We’ve been asking what that looks like.  This is a part of that prayer.  When God’s Kingdom comes, the leaders follow God’s Wisdom.  These leaders empower other leaders with Godly Wisdom.  In the end, God’s Kingdom grows in wisdom as it grows in numerically.  The two are tied together in a way that cannot be separated.

God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.  And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. (1 Kings 4:29-30, 34 NLT)

How about you?  Do you grow in the Wisdom that comes from God?  Do you empower others with the Wisdom of God?  Does God’s Kingdom grow around you?