Begin and End With Worship

Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.

The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”

Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”

Suffering Won’t Last Forever

When God allows you to walk through season of suffering let yourself remember the end of our story, which is really the beginning.

God himself will be with us. He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever (Revelation 21:3-4).

Try Giving Thanks

“I had recently received bad news. Deep shadows of darkness seemed to cover my soul. I prayed but the darkness remained. Suddenly, one day, as I entered a friend’s home, I noticed these words: ‘Try giving thanks.’ I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone.”*

It is good to give thanks to the Lord (Psalm 92:1).

*adapted from L.B. Cowman who cited Henry B. Frost in Streams in the Desert, p. 299.

 

Praise the Giver

She prayed for a son and God granted her petition. In her next recorded prayer, Hannah “takes little notice of the particular mercy she was now rejoicing in. She overlooks the gift and praises the giver.”*

Here’s some of what Hannah prayed:
There is none holy like the Lord:
There is no rock like our God.
The Lord is a God of knowledge,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth (from 1 Samuel 2:2-10).

Next time God answers your prayer, praise Him like Hannah did.

*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p.283.