Ecclesiastes -Wisdom for Living Well- Bible Study- Solomon’s God Encounter. Lesson 4.
A God Encounter.
Verse of the Day:
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(A verse to add to your scripture journal.)
A God encounter:
Do you remember the day, the year or what age you were when you had your first God Encounter?
Courtney Joseph mentions in her study guide that she was just five years old when she confessed her sins; placed her faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What a blessing for Courtney to be able to understand the idea of this and to place her faith in Jesus at such a young age. On that day Jesus became the Lord of Courtney’s life.
I met the Lord when I was a young girl too. I was around two or three years old. I could have been even younger than that since I am not able to determine an exact day or year. I know I was very small when God spoke to me during a frightening situation in my life. It was an experience that I will write about in the near future.
The age you were when you had your first God encounter is not important. Having the God encounter experience, is what is important.
And when you accepted Jesus into your heart and let Him become Lord of your life that is what is important.
Write a paragraph about your God encounter.
What was your experience?
Where were you at when this happened?
Who were you with?
In 1 Kings chapters one and two, we read the story of Solomon being anointed as King and the final words of his father David’s advice to him. David told Solomon:
“Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in His ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, His rules, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” 1 Kings 2:2-3 (esv).
Then David died and his son, Solomon, sat on the throne.
A significant spiritual experience occurred in Solomon’s life when God appeared to him in a dream. God told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted, and God would give it to him.
What did Solomon ask for according to 1 Kings 3:5-15?
Solomon asked God to give him an understanding heart to judge the people. He asked God to give him an understanding to tell between the good and the bad people.
Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge to be the King of Israel.
Solomon would have been in his late teens to early twenties when he became the King of Israel. He humbly knew he needed wisdom to govern Israel.
If God asked you to tell Him what you want and you can have it, what would you have asked for?
If God asked you that same question at that young age-would you have answered wisdom?
I think I would have asked for knowledge and wisdom too. If I was going to run a country I would want to be taught by God in how to handle the role as King.
God was pleased with Solomon’s request for wisdom and He granted it. God also added additional blessings Solomon did not ask for including great riches and honor. According to 2 Chronicles 1:12, Solomon would become the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. He would have no equal.
Do you ever wish God would grant you this same wisdom? And add in some riches and honor as a bonus?
I know I sure do. I always pray for more wisdom and of course riches and honor would be a welcome blessing.
Now turn to the New Testament in your Bible. Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:28-34. Here Jesus mentions Solomon and his wealth.
What does Jesus say three times we ought not to be?
Jesus says, “do not worry about what we shall eat or what we shall drink or what we shall wear.
Do not worry about tomorrow.
Each day has its own worry and trouble.
“But seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33.
Is there something you are anxious about today?
Write a paragraph about what you are anxious about?
I’m often anxious about getting the bills paid. I have no need for this anxiety; but it has been a habit of mine for my entire life. The anxiety does not pay the bills but can cause more problems. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart; the things you are in need of will be met. Even when it doesn’t seem like things could possible work out; It ends up working out in the end.
Write a prayer handing over your worries to God. Here is my prayer you can use for an example; but make your own personal to your life.
Dear God, I pray to you in Jesus name. From this day forward, I give you all of my worries. The load is too heavy for me to carry; so I give all of my worry to you God. I know that if I’m in need of anything, you already know what I need and will see to it that my needs are met. Even when times look bleak here on earth; you are with me. I have seen for myself how your miracles work when worry sets in for the needs in life; and you have shown me not to worry. I trust in you Lord with all of my heart. Thank you for taking my worries away. I pray to you God, in Jesus name, Amen.
Thank you Women walking with Jesus for committing to do this Bible Study with me. Let’s start our day with a prayer seeking God first everyday. Keep seeking God’s Word and you will continue to learn. Put His righteousness first and watch how God transforms your anxious minds into peaceful minds instead. Pursue peace by pursuing Him. God, the King of Kings.
This concludes lesson 4. Thank you for joining me In Women Walking With Jesus Bible Study.
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