Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Discerning Heart

Today's Life Journal Bible reading1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2

“…God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you’…‘give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong…’” 1 Kings 3:5, 9

Solomon’s response to God’s offer indicated humility. He requested wisdom, the capacity to discern and distinguish right from wrong. However, knowing right from wrong doesn’t mean we will do the right thing, only that we know the difference. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;…” (Psalm 111:10). To fear God is to worship him and walk in his ways. Solomon’s first act as king was to build an alliance with Egypt through marriage. The gods of Egypt were introduced to Jerusalem. What appeared to be a wise political decision had long lasting spiritual implications. We need both discernment and a heart of worship and obedience. Even the wisest man on earth can make foolish decisions. The fear of the Lord will keep us in a posture of listening obedience before God.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on me. I pray for discernment and obedience before you for me and for my family, for your glory.