So You're a Christian but You Mess Up Big?

God came to Solomon and asked "what do you wish Me to give you?"

Solomon wished for discernment and the ability to judge the hearts of men. To know the difference between good and evil, to uphold justice and lead the people better. This pleased God. It please Him because he didn't ask for riches or a selfish request. So God granted it to him. Solomon was the wisest man to ever live and God said there would never be another like him.

BUT WAIT. Stop right there. Hold the phone and back up a little. Right before God came and asked Solomon what he wanted, what was Solomon doing?

You can find this in 1 Kings 3: 1-4.

Solomon was sacrificing in a high place that wasn't God's. He was still sacrificing and burning incense on idols high places. Solomon was what?! Yes, he was sacrificing on the altars of other gods. I don't recall God ever saying to Solomon “stop that and I will bless you” or “Solomon, you've messed up and you're no good”. What I do recall is God saying “Solomon, what do you want?”

This doesn't make any sense, shouldn't God be mad at him and not blessing him? I mean, he was sacrificing on the high places!

There's this verse that talks about it being the kindness of God that saves people. His Mercy and Grace are what lead people to know Him. The change of heart that results from realizing, experiencing, and knowing the goodness of God is what empowers people to do better.

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:4-5)

Solomon didn't deserve a blessing granted from our fleshly standards, he needed chastised. Still, God chose otherwise.

What does this tell us about God?

What does this tell us about us?

God is compassionate and full of mercy, His love and kindness endures forever.

We are not perfect and never will be.

After God gave Solomon the blessing and the gifts, Solomon immediately went to Jerusalem and offered sacrifices and worship to God instead of to idols on the high places. The kindness of God had changed him.

God doesn't wait until we've got it all right and we do no wrong, God meets us ALL right where we are.

Can you recall a time that God showed you Mercy and you experienced His goodness? How was the outcome different than if you would have been shown wrath?