Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3-5; Luke 20:1-26
4 The king went to the great shrine at Gibeon in order to sacrifice there. He used to offer a thousand entirely burned offerings on that altar. 5 The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.”
6 Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. 7 And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. 8 But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size.9 Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had made this request. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked for this instead of requesting long life, wealth, or victory over your enemies—asking for discernment so as to acquire good judgment— 12 I will now do just what you said. Look, I hereby give you a wise and understanding mind. There has been no one like you before now, nor will there be anyone like you afterward. 13 I now also give you what you didn’t ask for: wealth and fame. There won’t be a king like you as long as you live. 14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my laws and commands, just as your father David did, then I will give you a very long life.”
15 Solomon awoke and realized it was a dream. (1 Kings 3:4-15, Common English Bible).
“Oh, it was just a dream,” and we discount it and throw it away. For whatever the reason we think because we weren’t awake and God spoke it wasn’t really God speaking. Yes, we discount it, forgetting that again and again in Scripture God spoke to people in dreams and the results were very real.
It seems to me, it would be one thing if it was a non-believer say, “Oh, it was just a dream.” They don’t believe in God anyway. Yet for all too many of us who profess faith, we all too often have the same attitude.
Early in my ministry, I was planning on preaching a particular sermon. I went to bed on Friday night with my plan in place. I was ready to go. Then I had a dream. I don’t remember my dreams often but I did that Friday night. I encountered two of my mentors at a meeting. The thing was, we were all in different districts and wouldn’t have been at the same meeting. Both came to me separately and told me, that sermon I had in mind, yeah, I wasn’t supposed to preach that on Sunday. They gave me reasons and I have long since forgotten.
What I do remember was waking up knowing I had to write a new sermon. After breakfast that morning I went over to my study to write a new sermon. I wrote that sermon that day faster than I have written a sermon before or since. It confirmed for me that God was really speaking to me.
I am not trying to say when you dream you won a contest and were the winner of a new car that God is speaking and you are going to actually win a car. In that case, and many others, I doubt God is actually speaking in that dream. It really is just a dream.
In Solomon’s dream, God told Solomon, ask what you want, you can have it. Solomon didn’t ask for anything to really benefit himself. He asked for something that would help him lead Israel. Solomon was faithful in his request. Because of that faithfulness, God gave far more than Solomon’s request.
As people of faith, we are called to put others ahead of ourselves. When we do, dream or not, God will bless us for it.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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