Yesterday God moved powerfully at our church in Portland, Oregon (USA). It was a time where God was blessing the generations to walk as one together. First the fathers and mothers laid hands on those between ages 20 to 30; releasing the blessing of what we carry and the fire of God upon their lives. Then the younger generation turned and blessed the fathers and mothers. It was a powerful and beautiful time.
When one of the young men came to pray over me, he saw God hand me a blank check. He then said that the Lord trusts me and is giving me this check to fill in whatever I wanted to ask for. Immediately the word “Wisdom” came to mind. In my spirit I could see that word being written upon this check. As I silently whispered the word “wisdom” the young man said, “I see the wisdom of Solomon coming upon you.” It was as if this check was cashed immediately. I was having a 1 Kings 3 moment.
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:5-9
Solomon asked for a discerning heart; the wisdom to lead people in the way they should go and to distinguish between right and wrong. To have this kind of wisdom is to come into alignment with God’s Word and ways. As soon as I asked in my heart for wisdom I heard a sound in my spirit, it was the sound of something large shifting that caused it to lock into place with something else. I knew that wisdom was the key to walking in the fullness of unity with my God in the days to come.
God’s response to Solomon’s request was this,
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:10-14
Solomon received more than he asked for and with this answer he was given further instructions (wisdom),
… And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.
Solomon was given a choice. He was being asked to yield his life in order to walk in obedience to the Lord and to keep His decrees and commandments. This was the wisdom that would unlock the promise of long life for him. It would secure his future.
Throughout the scriptures we often see that immediately following a sovereign act of God there is an invitation for the people to yielding their lives to walk in His ways for the sake of remaining in the blessing and breakthrough they received. In Zechariah 3 we see this happen once again. Immediately after the Lord clothes Joshua the high priest in the new garments, He gives him the key instructions that will secure his future and his blessing.
““This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.” Zechariah 3:7
“If you…” These are the words of the invitation into intentional surrender. This is where we yield our will and say like Mary, “Be it unto me according to your word.”
Grace saves us and then then invites us into the yielding of our lives to walk in His ways. Today we can ask for a discerning heart and for wisdom but do not ignore the “If you…” that follows. It is what secures your future.
(Day 24: The Yielding)