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Wisdom and Knowledge - Saturday, April 28th, 2007

“In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’ Solomon said to God, ‘You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?’”
2 Chronicles 1:7-10

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and you hear the voice of God. With your bedhead and sleepy eyes slowly coming to awake mode, God says to you, “Ask what I shall give you.” Well, many of us might think this is a dream-come true. The Divine “genie” has arrived and said He will grant us any wish we want. Just rub the magic bottle. Our minds begin to wander. Our minds begin to think big. All the exciting things flash before our eyes. The money. The vacations. The season tickets to Notre Dame (sorry, I am originally from the South Bend area J) Many things might come to our mind. Well, this very situation happened to David’s son Solomon. In a dream, Solomon the king of Israel heard the voice of God say, “Ask what I shall give you.” So what was Solomon’s response? How does the leader of a nation respond to this statement?

Thankfully, Solomon didn’t start speaking a list of “wants;” rather he acknowledged God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness over the past years to his father and his own life. He recognized God for who He was and how He has placed Solomon in a place of authority. Solomon recognized it was because of God that he was king over many people. In fact Solomon says, “For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of earth.” Solomon knew he had been entrusted to lead many people. And he knew at that time (in the middle of the night), that he couldn’t do it by himself. He needed help from God. Therefore, Solomon responded back to God by saying, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” What a response. Solomon didn’t ask for personal gain. He didn’t ask for more land. He didn’t ask for more gold. No, Solomon realized he was “young and inexperienced,” and possibly even “apprehensive about his ability to rule the great nation.” Solomon said needed “wisdom and knowledge.”

As I was sitting at a café this morning eating a ham-n-cheese omelet, I realized how over my head I am with the 40-day tent revival. This 40-day tent revival continues to reveal itself in a unique manner each and every day. Not one person can put a pulse on the morning prayer times. They are completely different. Then the same goes for the evening worship services. Each testimony, speaker and worship team brings a special gifting from the Lord. It is beautiful to see the Holy Spirit working inside our own lives, as well as INSIDE THE TENT. But I ask myself, what are we to do with it all? Anything? Do we remain faithful to what we have been doing or does the Lord want us to alter anything? Does He want us to change things up?

We are at the half-way point. We are on the 20th day.

Then in regards to the Sandbranch community ~ how will the situation of 54 homes be resolved? It is a sensitive subject with the county and those involved. So what are the appropriate steps to bring drinking water to these people in need?

Well, to me there is only one way to find out, and that is to ask for wisdom and knowledge from the Almighty God…

Lord God, thank-you for loving me.
Your faithfulness continues to unfold itself in my own life
As well inside the tent.

But O Lord, how I need wisdom.
Please display Yourself through discernment and judgment.
And O Lord, how I need knowledge.
Please reveal Yourself in the “practical means”
of every waking moment.

Lord God, thank-you for hearing this request of Your servant
so more of Your people may be revived and restored.

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan