Prioritizing Our Bucket List

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1 Kings 3:5-14 is in today’s Home Daily Bible Reading listed in our weekly study guide post. These passages give us a great example of organizing our priorities for our lives. The term “bucket-list” has been a trending term over the past two or three years. It’s defined as: a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. In today’s reading assignment, we see God asked Solomon, the newly appointed king of Israel what he wanted:

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” – 1 Kings 3:5

God appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked Solomon what he wanted. Do you see that? God, the creator of the heavens and earth, the one who owns a cattle on a thousand hill (Psalms 50:10), the one who gives us power to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) is asking Solomon what he wanted. The lord is asking Solomon what’s in his bucket list! But read Solomon’s answer:

And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.”

1 Kings 3:5-8

The first thing Solomon did was praise the Lord. He told the Lord about how merciful He was to David his father. Then he mentioned the example David his father set by walking in truth, righteousness and having an upright heart. Solomon is letting the Lord know he has seen the results of obedience and humility displayed by David and because of what he saw, his faith in the Lord is strong enough to believe God will give him what he asks for. But instead of asking for material wealth, Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart to judge God’s people.

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

1 Kings 3:9

Reading further we see the Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. God let Solomon know that because his request wasn’t selfish and he showed his priority was for the will of God concerning His people, that He was going to give Solomon the wisdom and understanding he asked for. And God told him he was going to give him what he didn’t ask for; riches and honor and elevation above all the kings of Solomon’s day.

Whatever plan we have for our lives, today’s reading ought to be a strong example of what needs to be the most important thing in our bucket list, and that is the will of God being number one on our list of priorities. Just as the Lord provided for Solomon, exalted him and blessed him He will do the same for us because we placed His plan for our lives above our own.

Application

  • Worship and praise God when you pray by recalling scriptures and events where God blessed you or a loved one who needed Him to help them.
  • Always remember God’s will should always before our own.
  • Seek and prioritize God’s will, make sure you’re in it and we will be blessed.

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