By Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye
I borrowed the words of Pastor from the write up he wrote for the theme of the month from the church’s web page, I quote “To reward, is to give something to someone in recognition of their efforts and achievements, the Biblical meaning of reward consists of blessings, favour, promotion, prosperity etc (sometimes it might not necessarily be because of what one has done but because of God’s Divine Favour).
When you are rewarded for something, you are blessed, but when you are rewarded exceedingly, all other rewards would not be able to withstand it.
Our God is a rewarded, He is a good God, He does not owe no one, and He will not pay for what He has not ordered for, the Bible makes us to understand that He is a faithful God, even when we are un-faithful, He is always faithful, our God is a covenant keeper, it is we that are sometimes covenant breakers. When God says a thing, He does it, when He speaks, He makes it good.
Has he promised you something wonderful, then he will do it for you, just hold on to him, believe in His word and stand on His promise and it will surely come to pass in Jesus name.
If we seek him diligently and early with the whole of our heart, our soul and strength, we will find Him. If we seek Him in the place of praise, worship, prayer and service, we will definitely find Him. In the Book of Isaiah 45:19 it says God has not called the house of Jacob to seek Him in vain.
A good example of a couple that sought after Him diligently is found in the Bk of Luke 1
Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, the Bible said they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of God, but they had no child.
I said earlier that God is a rewarded, a day of visitation came for them and they were exceedingly rewarded in their old age when they taught it was too late for them. God blessed them with a son, a child of destiny, the fore runner of Jesus Christ our Lord, he was the one that came to prepare the way for our saviour.
Our main Bible passage for today is taken from the Bk of 1Kings 3:1-15
The Bible makes us to understand that King Solomon went up to Gibeon to sacrifice and upon the altar of God he gave a thousand burnt offering on the same day.
At night when he slept God paid him a visit in a dream in 1Kings 3:5 and said to Solomon ‘Ask what I shall give thee, Brethren this is like receiving an open cheque, Solomon spoke and the Bible says the speech pleased The Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing ( he asked for the wisdom and understanding to rule over God’s people).
May our speech please God at all times in Jesus name.
King Solomon received an exceedingly great reward that all other rewards would not withstand. The Bible says God Himself said in 1Kings 3:12-13 ‘Behold, I have done according to thy words, Lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart, so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches and honour, so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days’.
They say in the secular world who is as wise as King Solomon. Kings and Queens came from far and near to listen to the words of wisdom that proceeded out of the mouth of King Solomon.
In 1Kings 10: 1, 6-7 The Queen of Sheba said to the King, it was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and thy wisdom. Howbeit I believe not the words, until I came and mine eyes have seen it and behold, the half was not told me, thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
What did King Solomon do to attract God’s exceeding great rewards:
1) The Bible says he loved The Lord and walked in the statues of His father David ( he followed in the foot steps of his father, for his Father was a man after God’s own heart)
He worshipped God, he praised Him, He served God, the Bible says he built the temple of God ( and the bible described the temple as Magnifical).
We would say but everything he needed (the gold, the silver, the brass, the wood) was provided by his father David, but he would have squandered the wealth like the Prodigal son, but he choose not to. He choose to build the temple of God obeying the instructions of his father and doing the will of a God.
2) He was humble enough not to ask amiss when the opportunity was presented to him. He touched the heart of God with the speech he made and God not only rewarded him but He did it exceedingly. He blessed him with what he asked for and with the things he did not ask for.
In the Book of 1 Sam. 1:11 Hannah the Mother of Prophet Samuel, made a vow to The Lord concerning the male child she asked for, “She said, I will give him unto The Lord all the days of his life.’
It was the vow that touched the heart of God not the eloquence of her speech, because at that time God was looking for another High Priest to take the place of Eli and his wayward sons.
May the Spirit of the Most High God guide us at all times, so we do not ask amiss, but ask according to the perfect will of God.
According to Rom. 12:2 there is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God for us.
Psa 92: 12-13 says ‘The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of The Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
My prayer for us all is that we will always be found within the compound of God’s perfect will for our lives in Jesus name.
Message delivered on March 23rd 2014