Yet I am but a Little Child….

Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. “Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. “So give Your servant an  understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

What a contrast in kings!!!  Adonijah the usurper of the throne attempted a prideful and childish coup. God’s anointed, Solomon, came to God with a child like realization of the extremity his humanity, saying,  Yes I am but a little child…..

We must discern with spiritual maturity the difference between childishness and child like faith. Spiritual maturity is simply spiritual submission –setting our flesh aside and the allowing the Holy Spirit to reign in our lives. It is that uncomplicated, but not necessarily easy. Our flesh, like Adonijah, wants what it wants when it wants it.  The flesh (Greek sarx) never really matures. Spiritual maturity appears as God is formed in us and matures as we anoint Him to the throne of our heart.

My friend Frank is one of the most humble men I know. It startled me a little at a prayer meeting a few years ago when I heard him describe himself as prideful. He told us that he prayed each day that God would make him walk humbly. The humility that is so evident in him is the result of that constant prayer repeated day after day and year after year enlarging Christ in him and reducing his sense of self.

Solomon ascended the throne of David with a humble heart and a hunger for the wisdom of God.

What would my life look like if I just practiced daily the prayers of Solomon and Frank?

        He has shown you, O man, what is good;
        And what does the LORD require of you
        But to do justly,
        To love mercy,
        And to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:8 NKJV)

   In His Mighty Grip,

   Steve

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