1 Kings 3
Before reading this devotion, ask yourself this question: If I could ask God for anything I wanted concerning my job, what would I ask for? (If you are a student…that IS your job)
Here are two responses that I received that I liked:
1. For the students to be able to see 10 years from now where they end up. Maybe this “Christmas Carol” experience would change some negative behaviors and reinforce positive ones.
2. For wisdom. Simply to know what is right and do what is right.
King Solomon actually got asked this question. He was given the opportunity to become the King of Israel and God told him “Ask for whatever you want me to do for you.” Solomon simply asked for wisdom. As teachers, we are given the opportunity to lead our classes. It may seem pretty insignificant compared to leading a country, but it is our placement by God nonetheless. In this light, let’s ask God for wisdom in leading these students. When King Solomon got to test his new wisdom skills in verse 16-28, this is what the last verse says:
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
I pray that whatever it is that I do; teaching, planning, grading, disciplining…all the wonderful stuff that teachers get to do. I pray that my students see that I have wisdom from God. Mainly, that they see that I do my best to live a Godly life, to teach the best that I can, and to be firm, fair and consistent in all my ways. Basically, I would simply ask God to help me live my entire life in such a way that when I stand before him, He says “Well done.” A life with no regrets.