Sunday, March 29, 2020

Discerning Hearts

Year 8-Day 89:Today, I am grateful for discerning hearts. 

Proverbs. If you are running out of things to do today, take a gander through the Old Testament book of Proverbs. If you are unfamiliar with the Bible, it is near Psalms. It is in near the middle of the Bible and after Psalms. 

God was pleased with Solomon, he told him to ask for anything his heart desired. Solomon asked for Godly wisdom. (See 1 Kings chapter 3)

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 3:9

A discerning heart might seem an odd request, but Solomon was feeling the weight of his father, King David's, crown and legacy. David made some mistakes, but he owned them, lived with the consequences and tried to teach his son to do better. 

The nation of Israel was strong willed, intelligent, stubborn, creative and dedicated to pursuing what they wanted. They were not an easy people to govern. Solomon was young, inexperienced and probably overwhelmed at times. 

To be gifted with Godly wisdom was a blessing that added to his success as a leader and likely benefited him in business, too. Solomon's wealth was legendary, even outside of records found in the Old Testament. Solomon was able to lead with a wisdom that brought peace during his reign as king. 

I adore Proverbs. You could spend years unpacking the wisdom found in the pages. It would be time well spent. Discerning hearts are rare these days. Even people who do not claim faith in Jesus can benefit from Solomon's sage sayings and wise instructions. 

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. -Proverbs 27:9

A friend speaks the truth in love. That kind of counsel can add light to our days and lighten our burdens. We should not make light the value of a true and honest friend. 

Today, I am grateful for discerning hearts. 

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