When God made Solomon king over Israel, God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge in leading the people of Israel. Solomon’s heart desired to know God’s ways, and God granted Solomon his request and added to him wealth, possessions and honour.
Proverbs teach us the benefits of wise decisions and the consequences of unwise decisions. Proverbs 17:12 says, “It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.” That is a convincing bit of wisdom!
If my primary motivations are to gain material wealth, power, and prideful respect, my life will neither please nor honour God.
Amos’s prophecy is about the judgement to come on Israel, Judah and the surrounding nations because they rejected the law of the Lord.
I imagine the people who were the subject of Amos’s prophecy made successive unwise choices, making them less and less sensitive to God’s voice in their hearts. This brought them to the place where they did not consider God’s law, and God brought judgment.
The choices I make daily either draw me closer to God or push me further from him. How do I treat the people I work with? Do I deal fairly and honestly with them, or do I try to hide things from them to get a little more for myself? Do I fudge the truth a bit, so I am held in higher esteem, or am I honest about my shortcomings? In Romans 2 verse 23, Paul writes, “You who boast in the law, do you dishonour God by breaking the law?”
I want to honour God by obeying him. I want to love my family and love others and put them before myself. I want to honour God in my business by treating others fairly, with honesty, love and respect.
I want to emulate Solomon by seeking wisdom and knowledge with a heart desiring to know God’s ways.
Thanks be to God, who is just and is abounding in grace, giving us our salvation that we don’t deserve and mercy, withholding the judgement we do deserve!
Pastor Ian’s twin … great husband, Dad and very proud Papa!