1 Kings 5-6 B

We have a guest blogger today! Tiffany Jensen is contributing her thoughts again and I hope you are stirred by them like I was:

Solomon had planned to build a house for God when he became king. He may have even planned to ask Hiram for the timber. What I find interesting is that Hiram sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that he was anointed king; and that’s when Solomon asked for the cedars to be cut. Solomon did not have to do the work of finding someone to supply timber, God provided that for him. Then we get to the details of what Solomon was having built. I don’t know about you, but I was trying to picture this beautiful building and the wonderful smell of fresh cut cedar. Why all the details about dimensions, decorations, support beams, or the fact that no tool was heard in the house while it was being built? God cares about details and He wants to provide us with good things. He is a good father.

I think that I have been so damaged by “prosperity gospel” messages that I have often ignored God’s tangible blessings in my life. There have been one too many late nights where I have been flipping through channels and landed on a pastor promising that if you give money to his church or mission that God will bless you monetarily in return. This has hardened my heart. Does God just give you money because you gave money to someone else? Or does He give you good gifts when your heart is in the right place and you are earnestly seeking His wisdom?

Several months ago my husband and I got an unexpected monetary gift. It came after a very stressful few months where trying to help someone didn’t work out very smoothly. So when the dust settled, I found myself sitting and thanking God that the difficult situation was over. But I didn’t thank Him for the money. I thought to myself, “money isn’t a blessing.” To which He swiftly replied, “why not?” I was instantly convicted of receiving a gift from God and not even acknowledging where it came from.

God’s blessings come in all different shapes and sizes. The important thing is to be like Solomon, seek wisdom. Seek God’s kingdom first. Live your life to honor Him and He will bless you for it. And when He does, acknowledge it.

Thank you, Tiff!

 

-Carly

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