Recently, I have found myself picking up and reading my Bible more often. It’s never been a part of my daily routine (even though I grew up in a Catholic household and also attended a Catholic college), but it feels good to have recently incorporated this practice into my life.
The words I read bring comfort, joy, and peace to my soul. I have been skipping around the Bible, reading books that are of interest, or I hear often at Sunday mass, but have never taken the time to fully delve into. There are so many uplifting, admirable, challenging, and powerful messages to spend time reflecting on. In this season of my life, I think they are exactly the examples that I need to hear and follow.
For the past couple of weeks I have been reading Wisdom, and I am now on to reading Kings. Man, is Solomon such a humble and courageous guy! One of the passages that I read has stuck with me ever since, filling me with a sense of purpose while helping me to evaluate and realign myself:
Solomon has just become King and God tells Solomon to ask something of him, and his response is not what I imagined he was going to say:
“… Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” 1 Kings 3:9
The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s response and then says to him:
“Because you have asked for this — not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right — I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one equal to you.” 1 Kings 3:11-12
These are humbling, challenging, hopeful words that inspire me to do better in all areas of my life. Just earlier this week I was able to fall upon this passage after a difficult parenting day; likewise, I have been able to reflect on this passage in regards to my marriage, to our lifestyle choices and habits, to other formed (or forming) relationships.
I could definitely benefit from more wisdom and understanding in my life and in my heart (and even more grace when I fail!). King Solomon’s request, and God’s gift, assures me that there is nothing more important. I will tuck Solomon’s example and God’s message deep in my heart, a dwelling place, to guide me as I move through this life.
I believe that if we all were to seek the same request as King Solomon, it would be a more kind and gentle world indeed.
What are some of our favorite Bible passages to live by?