“Give what each deserves, for you know each life from the inside you’re the only one with such ‘inside knowledge’! so that they’ll live before you in lifelong reverent and believing obedience on this land you gave our ancestors.” 1 Kings 8:40
I enjoy the antics of my two young grandsons far more than I did when observing my own children’s childish behavior. It is as if I can read their developing minds and understand they have to go through the phase of defying rules and testing, to see how far they can push their parents before they get sent to time out, to get to the next phase of their lives in a less-protected world.
The verse above is an excerpt from a lengthy prayer in 1 Kings 8, made by Solomon. He admits we (people in general) fail to live up to God’s expectations and says, “Give us what we deserve.” God sees us in all our phases of disobedience too. Solomon learned from his father, David, who made many mistakes of his own, that there is forgiveness and a path to a good relationship with their Father through prayer.
In Matthew Henry’s commentary of the Bible, he wrote, “We cannot expect God’s performance of the promise but upon our performance of the condition.” This means we can’t live a life of childish behavior and expect the gift of grace without heart-felt prayer.
Thank you, Lord, for accepting us as we grow in our faith. Amen.