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What Really Matters

Every now and then, I make a mental list of things I would like to have: a new computer, a new car or a new home. I have to remind myself that although these things may make life comfortable, they do not improve the quality of life itself.

Solomon assumed the role of king after his father, David, became elderly and could no longer lead the people of Israel. King Solomon realized he had been given an enormous responsibility, and he was not sure he was prepared for the job. So in 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asked God for understanding.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request because Solomon did not ask for possessions. Instead, he asked for a discerning heart to lead the kingdom of Israel in a godly manner. Because he did not ask selfishly, God gave Solomon wisdom beyond compare and added to that wealth and honor no one could equal (1 Kings 3:11-14).

Like a loving parent, God wants to hear what’s on our hearts. But how would our lives be different if we spent more time asking for heart change and less time asking for stuff? As you pray today, take time to focus on the qualities of life that really matter, knowing that we can trust God to provide exactly what we need.

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