1 Kings 3:3-5
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
-King Solomon was a God fearing man and diligent in seeking Him. He expressed true love for God through his worship and sacrifice as he learnt from his father David. He offered a sacrifice at Gibeon; the most frequented tabernacle made by Moses where the altar of burnt offering stood (1 Chr 21:29). Zadok the priest also offered a sacrifice there each morning and evening as it was commanded by God (1 Chr 16:39-40). When God appeared to Solomon by night in a dream and asked him what he wanted, he could have chosen many things aligned to his self interest but as a leader he knew that wisdom is supreme and asked for it (Pro 4:7). Many leaders today have placed their self interest first in most of their decisions and projects, and the results are evident. Poor planning and implementation, increased level of poverty in a nation, high crime rate, social strife, increased suicide, poor access to social amenities, deepening debt levels, high corruption degrees, poor business environment, low balance of trade etc. Solomon asked for wisdom so that he may correctly judge the people and discern between good and evil. His request pleased the Lord, and he was granted wisdom, honor, riches, peace and long life. His sacrifice at Gibeon also pleased the Lord. We are called to selflessness as we seek the good of others. Christ showed us a good example as He sacrificed His own life for the benefit of many, that all may be saved. Through the same example, we are called to sacrifice our time, resources and abilities for others through love, and to always seek Gods’ wisdom and guidance in all things.
Dreams play a significant role in our lives for they reveal Gods message to us. Each dream has a special interpretation and sometimes duplicate dreams can have the same meaning as we saw in Genesis 41:1-6. Dreams are also useful in communicating Gods’ will for us, reveal Gods’ wisdom, offer correction to His sons and daughters, give a warning, caution us of an impeding danger, give us hope, confirm Gods’ promises, it is Gods’ will that we should dream and is a gift from God. Daniel like Joseph; had the ability to interpret dreams and both were placed in positions of influence that God may be glorified through their ruler-ship, and their respective nations may have divine direction. Daniel himself had many dreams and visions, mostly related to Israel and future kingdoms of the world; where some are yet to come. Joseph the father of Jesus also had a dream to caution him of impeding danger and the Messiah was able to save the world from eternal condemnation according to Gods’ will. It is through Gods’ love that He shows us dreams and leads us in the way we should go.
Thank You Jesus for showing us great love through Your sacrifice on the cross and all You have done and continue to do for us. All glory, honor, riches, blessings and power belong to You. Grant us the gift of seeing and interpreting dreams and direct us always Lord in the way we should go. In Your merciful love Lord, grant us and all our leaders the gift of wisdom. May You raise Your sons and daughters in positions of leadership as You did with Solomon, Daniel and Joseph Father; for the glory of Your name. Take control of our nation, families and lives Jesus that we may always seek first Your kingdom and righteousness. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen
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