The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 1 Kings 8:6
Shortly after becoming king of Israel, Solomon chose to begin building the temple to God that his father, David, had wanted to build, but was not allowed to. After a lot of work of building the building, the priests brought the ark of the covenant into the building and placed it in the Most Holy Place.
At the time the ark of the covenant represented God’s presence and His agreement with the Israelites. It was an agreement that if the people followed His commands, He would be their God and take care of them. In it there was a copy of the ten commandments, a jar of manna, and the budding branch. This represented what the people had to do, God’s provision and God’s leadership.
This ark was placed in the Most Holy Place. It was the place that God would directly dwell when among the people. It was behind a huge curtain and was a place of no sin and only the high priest was allowed in once a year. It was God’s place.
A thousand years later, Jesus had died upon the cross, ripping the curtain in two and open and making a way for every person to go into the Most Holy Place where God is. The new location for God’s place to dwell was no longer in a temple, but in the heart of a person.
When one seeks forgiveness and believes in Jesus, his heart is made pure and holy–the Most Holy Place. It becomes the dwelling place of God. There is now a covenant–an agreement–between God and the person placed in the heart. There is also a sign of the provision for forgiveness and eternal life placed in the heart.
Believe in the work that Jesus did for you to remove your sins and give you eternal life. Accept His work in your life and become a believer. Do not allow the covenant of sin of this world to take a place in your heart.
As a believer, you now have God’s covenant placed in your heart. Your heart has become the Most Holy Place–the dwelling place of God. God is with you and will not leave you.
Believe in Jesus and allow God’s presence to be in your life daily.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will allow God’s presence to fill your life; and that your heart will be the Most Holy Place unto God.
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God asked, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5
One of the wishes of many people would be able to ask someone or something for anything that they want and that they will get it. Many stories of have been written over the years of people finding a magic lamp with a genie in it. The genie comes out and offers three wishes to the owner of the lamp.
Some of the owners struggle as to what to ask for, wanting only to get the best thing possible, not wanting to waste a wish. In the process of asking, sometimes the owner likes what he has been given and other times regrets what he was given. The genie gives the request whether it is really a good one or not.
Although genies are not real, God is. Once Solomon had become king of Israel, God came to him one night and allowed him to ask for whatever he wants, and God would give it to him. With some thought, Solomon chose to ask for God’s wisdom in his life.
Over the years since that time, many people have desired God to ask them that same question. They want God to give them the same proposal to ask whatever they want of Him. Most are forgetting that Jesus had said the same thing. He had stated that those who believe in Him could ask of anything according to His will and they would get it.
That request to ask for anything has never been changed or rescinded. God still loves to give His people what they ask for. However, the question is what will people ask for?
Often people ask for wealth or things to benefit themselves. It is all about self, rather than God and His kingdom.
Believers are to be focused on God and building His kingdom first and foremost. The things that they need to ask for should be to that effort.
You have the opportunity to ask God for whatever you want. What is your heart’s desire to have?
Solomon chose wisdom. It was about serving God and the kingdom God had given him. What will your choice be?
Will it be like the majority of the world, something for self?
Or will it be something to honor God and build His kingdom?
Ask God today. He is waiting.
I pray today that you will know God’s heart; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will seek God’s desires for your life; and that you will believe God only gives what is best for you and His kingdom.
“and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” 1 Kings 2:3
The desire to prosper is something most people have. They want to be successful in everything that they do. Searching the internet will show millions of ways to be prosperous in this life. Billions of dollars are spent annually by people seeking to be more prosperous. There is advice on how to be prosperous in every area of life, relationships, finances, positions, family, marriage, hobbies, and more.
As David was coming to the end of his life, he had made Solomon, his son, the next king of Israel. He gave some advice to Solomon on how to be king. The greatest advice he gave him was to observe and know what God requires of him. All Solomon had to do was obey God and follow all of His commands, then he would be prosperous in all that he does.
The world sees prosperity as being wealthy and having a lot of things, and being in the number one position. While being wealthy and having things can make some things easier, it may not be the most prosperous, because the soul is still lost. If one has all the money in the world, but does not obey God, he has nothing in the end.
Obeying and serving God will create a greater prosperity than anything in this world can give. One may not have any money or things, but with God, he has eternal life, something that money cannot buy.
The one who is obeying God will also be successful, because He is doing what God wants him to do. God will bless and honor anything that He wants one that is being done according to His desire.
If you want to be prosperous and really successful, stop following the ways of this world and follow Jesus. Find out what true prosperity is as you begin to serve God with all of your life.
Doing what God wants will bring eternal security and peace that the world cannot give, nor does it know or understand. Building God’s kingdom is more valuable than all the money or things in this world.
How prosperous are you today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live according to God’s plan for your life; that you will obey God in all He tells you; and that you will know the prosperity of serving God with your life.
If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15