When you think of Solomon what do you see? I see a king surrounded by gold and riches sitting on a throne giving out wise advice while people stand in awe. At the edge of the picture is a beautiful woman aka the queen of Sheba, she is dressed in exquisite clothing and has a doe-eyed look of admiration on her face. It probably was a little like that, Solomon was an exceptionally wise king ever and he did have a lot of wealth (though probably not piled up in his throne room). The queen of Sheba did come to hear his wisdom and was amazed. Jesus referred to the glory of Solomon’s court.
Solomon was blessed to have David as his dad and be given this advice.
9 To you, my son Solomon, maintain a relationship with the God of your father and serve Him with a complete heart in all your thoughts and actions. The Eternal searches all hearts for their desires and understands the intentions of every thought. If you search for Him as He searches you, then He will let you find Him. But if you abandon Him, then He will reject you forever.
David knew God, he is the king of Israel everyone still talks about even today, surpassing even Josiah who had the epitaph of being the king who gave himself most fully to God.
Wow, long introduction, what struck me about the verse above is the idea that we search for God, we seek Him and we find Him but we aren’t alone in that seeking. He is searching for us. Isn’t that amazing? People talk about ‘finding Jesus’ but the truth is He isn’t hiding He is right there waiting for us. And once we have ‘found’ and been found He continues to search after us, to reveal Himself as we want to get to know Him better and even when we don’t.
The Eternal is compassionate and merciful.
When we cross all the lines, He is patient with us.
When we struggle against Him, He lovingly stays with us—changing, convicting, prodding;
I love the parts the Voice has used to expound this verse: when we cross the lines – not just a line but all the lines He laid down – He is patient with us, He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. When we struggle against Him… can you imagine the futility of struggling against an omniscient, omnipotent being? He doesn’t slam down a thunderbolt or a huge foot and be done with us He lovingly – lovingly – stays with us and gives us those pokes and prods that say “Hey, I love you, come home, stop eating pig swill and come home.” Or He enfolds us in love and whispers, “I know that hurts you, leave it behind. I have green pastures and cool water for you. I will give you rest.” You get the picture.
This is extravagant, lavish, incredible love. This is love that searched for me, continues to search me and provokes me to search for and continue to search Him. I have said it before, many times, but love like this demands a response. It’s my hope that one day I will know that every second of every day I live in that love and in right relationship with Him. Holy as He is Holy. Until that day I pray I will continue to take steps closer by His grace in awestruck response to His loving mercy.