GOD’S PLEASURE BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
30th April 2019
READ: 1 Kings 3:3-15
“But seek ye first the kingdom of god, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33
Solomon was having a prayer time and asked the Lord to give him an understanding heart to discern between good and bad.
The Bible teaches us that his prayer pleased God. The Lord was impressed by Solomon’s desire to seek for wisdom in order to be able to rule well. He gave him wisdom and in addition, fantastic riches. Let’s face it! How many of us really seek for righteousness and wisdom from God?
When I entered into full-time ministry, there were lay people who said to me, “Oh, you come from a rich family. You do not have anything to lose,” they said. “Even if you don’t work, your father will give you money.” I often smiled and said nothing.
These people do not even believe that I genuinely chose between secular riches and God’s work. I know in my heart, that was the choice I made.
I decided to build God’s house instead of my own life. If God has blessed me because of that, I do not apologize for the blessings of God. I give Him the glory.
I challenge you to seek after righteousness as Solomon did. It may not seem to be the most direct route to prosperity and riches. But that is the route that God has set. You cannot be wiser than God. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!
Decide to live a holy life. Pay the price and live for God. As you take up your cross to follow Him, the kingdom of Heaven will acknowledge that you are on the right road; you will be rewarded with the things that all men seek for.
You will experience prosperity without chasing after it!