And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David…1 Kings 3:3
Do you have any memory of a time you did something your parents or your boss at work never expected or asked you to do. Yet you did it so well and wholeheartedly that the very act touched the core of their heart and were moved to do you some good? I mean the kind of good where you get to choose the goodness that falls on you?
This is how King Solomon’s greatness unfolded!
The guy offered a thousand burnt offerings upon the altar at Gibeon; the great high place, unto the Lord.
Yes Solomon possessed a giving heart, but I believe he gave that much because he loved the Lord(1 kings 3:3).
As established in our previous message, our giving is a proof of our love, so in effect, the depth of our Love determines the magnitude of our giving.
Solomon loved the lord and it reflected in the way he gave; bountifully.
Some sacrifices and offerings attract the very presence of God.
Solomon gave out of love, without any petition. His reason for giving was love. And love came down to him, Solomon’s offering brought the heavens down to meet his need, whatever it may be.
God himself appeared to him in a dream by night at the very place he offered the sacrifices, and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” How wonderful!
What Solomon asked pleased the Lord that God granted his request immediately!
You know what else? Because God is an Out-Giver, and one who always does exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or think, He added more!
He gave Solomon the exact things he’ll need to ensure his reign reflects His glory. Not only did God make him wise as he requested but also added was an understanding heart, riches and honor! So that there will be no king like him all his days!
God is love and the language He understands is love, when men speak that language unto Him, He responds immediately.
So yes, by all means give, but it has to be on the platform of love in order for it to please God.
Teach me to love you dearly my Lord and Father in Jesus’ name amen.