1 Kings 3:7-9 Choosing Your Life’s Work

Daily Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:7-9

1 Kings 3:7-9 KJV
(7)  And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
(8)  And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
(9)  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Today’s Devotional Is Choosing Your Life’s Work

In order to choose the right life-course, we must prioritize the most important things in life. We should not be swayed by the desire for wealth, honor, fame, or outdoing our competitors, as this may cloud our judgment and distort our vision. Just as Solomon desired and sought the kingdom and glory of God, we should also seek first the things of God, and He will provide us with what we need.

When faced with great responsibilities, like Solomon, we may feel inadequate and unsure of how to proceed. We may desire to serve God and others, but feel like a little child who “knows not how to go out or come in.” However, just as the systole and diastole of the heart work together to serve the body, our active life in the world should be equally consecrated to God as our hours spent in the home, recreation, and society.

Solomon asked for an understanding heart, that he might discern between good and bad. We all need this faculty to distinguish between things that may appear similar but have different natures and directions. It is not simply a matter of intellectual power, but of moral taste and discernment. In all aspects of our lives, we need to listen for and heed the voice of God.

We should present our bodies as living sacrifices unto God, which is our reasonable service. While our circumstances and talents may influence our career choices, we should yield ourselves to do God’s will, and He will direct our paths.

Prayer for Today

Let us pray that God will make us diligent in business, fervent in spirit, and serving the Lord. May we test all things and hold fast to that which is good. Amen.