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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Desire to Change

1 Kings: 3:9-14

“9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14 If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

Solomon knew his limitations as a ruler and asked God for wisdom.  

Few of us care to dwell on our limitations, but it is through this knowledge that we grow, especially spiritually.  In fact, it may be impossible to grow spiritually if you do not recognize your faults, your sins, and the things you need to change.

All Christians are called to change, to be transformed.  Yet, it is not possible to change without self-awareness.  The good news is that the Holy Spirit can give us this kind of awareness and the power to change.

All we have to provide...is the desire.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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