What is in Your Heart?

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Listen to these words: “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?” The speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you” (1 Kings 3:9-12). 

Solomon was asked a very simple question but it was very complex in its nature. God said: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon could have asked for great riches. Solomon could have asked for great power. Solomon could have asked for his enemies to be delivered into his hand. Solomon could have looked at himself and found the one thing that he thought would make him happy. Yet, he asked God for an understanding heart! God gave Solomon the gift that could change the world.

Like Solomon, let us tear down the walls of anger, division, self care, importance, and evil. God was pleased at Solomon’s response (1 Kings 3:11) and granted him a wise and understanding heart (1 Kings 3:12). We need more wise and understanding hearts in Sparta, in Tennessee, in the United States of America, and in the world. There are so many things worth fighting for and so many things that waste our time and influence. Heaven is worth it all! 

May we ask ourselves one question: “What is in our hearts?” 

Jonathan Burns
Findlay church of Christ
Sparta, TN

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