Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This week we continued The Story with a chapter about the wisest man who had ever lived up to that point. Not only that, but he was also incredibly wealthy. That’s right, today we talked about the legendary King Solomon.
The son of David and Bathsheba, Solomon became the third king of Israel after David died. Shortly into his reign, God appeared to Solomon in a dream, telling Solomon that He would give him anything he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom, which pleased God so much that He gave him wealth as well! Solomon used his wisdom and wealth to usher Israel into a golden age, building the long-desired temple and dazzling visitors with his wisdom and Israel’s prosperity.
But Solomon’s unfortunate downfall was not due to his wisdom or wealth, but his women. In his old age, Solomon’s 700 wives and 300 concubines (no, that isn’t a misprint!) turned his heart away from God. Despite having so much wisdom, Solomon’s decisions proved to be foolish. You see, real wisdom is following the instructions, not just knowing them.
Of course it’s easy to see where Solomon went wrong in his life, but it’s much harder to see in our own. Could it be that there are some instructions you aren’t following? Below are three indicators that you might not be following God’s instructions:
Not all pain is self inflicted, but much of it can be. If you are experiencing pain, you could be a victim of your own decisions.
God’s instructions are intended to give us fulfillment in life. When we disregard these instructions, we end up with a void that cannot be filled with anything else.
Following God’s instructions is something that you won’t ever regret!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25; 1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 3:5; 1 Kings 4:31-34; Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 17:17a; 1 Kings 11:1-3; 1 Kings 11:4;
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan
Big idea: Real wisdom is following the instructions, not knowing them
Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture
Oceans – Hillsong
Vapor – Gungor