by Rev Joel Yong
2 Chronicles 1:7-10
That night God appeared to Solomon. He said, “What can I give you?” Solomon responded to God, “You’ve shown great love to my father David, and you’ve made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, you’ve kept the promise you made to my father David. You’ve made me king of people who are as numerous as specks of dust on the ground. Give me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?”
I love this prayer … so much to learn from it.
Note how he uses the YOUs and the MEs.
Whenever he was speaking about God with the word YOU- he would speak of how God is the Giver. The One who showed love, who made him king, who can grant wisdom, who is the One who ‘owns’ the people.
Whenever he spoke of himself using ME- it was in the place of a recipient, of one in need, of one who is a vessel and not the ‘Owner’.
He had perspective at this young age.
He knew where God’s place was and where he stood in relation to it.
Too often our unhappiness and struggle in life comes when we mistakenly think we are owners and bosses when we are not.
We may think we are doing God a favor when we are mere servants.
Perspective- it matters.