Solomon, before the Lord, says that he is a little child and does not know how to carry out his duties. Solomon, being taught the ways of the Israelites, a great people asks for a discerning heart to govern the people and to distinguish between right and wrong.
The conclusion of the matter: In the good times, always give God the credit and in the bad times, thank God for the good that comes out of it. Simple, no but when life is uncontrollable and evil is gaining upon you, don’t despair—God is ALWAYS THERE—in the good times and in the bad times.
But, if you do wrong, fear; for it carries not the sword in vain; because it is a servant of God, showing displeasure to those who do ill. Therefore it is necessary to obey; not only because of its displeasure, but for the sake of conscience.
This lesson is not to point fingers nor to feel good to set one straight, but to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to be angry. I am reminded of an old story that may illustrate the taming of the tongue:
As Solomon prays to the EVER-LIVING, he asks that “Your People Israel” receive protection and restoration in their land, deliverance from pestilence, lack of rain, disease, mildew and any other calamity they might receive, receiving foreigners who are not of Your People Israel, victory in battles and in wars and the history of the Israelite people from the time of their exodus from Egypt.
We take for granted our eyesight, our speaking, our comprehension and use of our mind and give it no second thought to the one who gave us these wonderful blessings.
Would you say that fear and darkness have been around since the beginning of time? Yes, but so have life and light—What Jesus taught, what Jesus said, and what Jesus did are tied inseparably to who he is.
Back in the 1950’s there was a well-known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, womanizing, partying, etc. One of his bigger hits at that time was “I won’t go hunting with you, Jake, but I’ll go chasing women.”