Strengthening Our Faith in the Good Times by Bridget A. Thomas

I am continuing to talk about faith as I have over the past several weeks. When I began this faith series several weeks ago, one thing I mentioned was that we can build our faith in good times. We don’t have to wait for difficulties to come our way before we start strengthening our faith.

One great biblical example that comes to mind has to do with Solomon. When Solomon became king he may have had some apprehension about the weight being put on his shoulders. But I imagine it was also an exciting time. Out of all of David’s sons Solomon had been chosen to be the next king. And there were many wonderful things on the horizon. He would have the task of building the temple for the Lord and he would be building a new palace for himself as well. So I imagine this was a happy time for Solomon.

The Bible tells us in 1 Kings 3:5 that the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” I imagine many people would have asked for worldly things such as riches, fame, possessions, a long life, or to rule over  many nations. But in 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon requests of God, “give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”

God was pleased that this is what Solomon had asked for. So God did grant Solomon’s wish, but He also gave Solomon wealth and honor. God says in 1 Kings 3:12-13, “I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” Solomon definitely became the wisest person of his day and he wrote almost the entire book of Proverbs which contains much wisdom that we can all still turn to today.

What can we learn from this story about strengthening our faith?

Solomon’s request illustrated that he was not walking in fear. If he had been walking in fear he would have asked for something like good health, a long life, riches, or for everyone to like him. When we meet God in prayer, are our prayers threaded with fear or with faith?

Solomon knew that God was his source of wisdom and strength. This is vital for all Christians to remember, every day, in good times and in bad. God is our strength. God is our source. God is our provider. When we remember this, we can face whatever comes our way.

Also, what Solomon asked for would strengthen his faith all the more. It would help him grow closer to God. And we can do the same every day. We are so blessed to have the Bible, the living Word of God, at our fingertips. Spending time reading our Bibles every single day helps us to know God, to know His character, to know how loving He is, and to know how amazing He is. When we really get to know God, deep in our hearts, this will ultimately strengthen our faith. We will know, without a doubt, that our Heavenly Father is by our sides in anything and everything that we face.

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About Bridget A. Thomas

Bridget A. Thomas is the author of numerous books which hit the top of the charts and continue to help many people find true contentment in life. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys reading non-fiction, fiction, and classic literature. She also enjoys crocheting and watching baseball. Bridget and her husband live in Florida, but often travel to the Smoky Mountains in search of black bears and other wildlife. To learn more about Bridget, visit her at bridgetathomas.com.
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6 Responses to Strengthening Our Faith in the Good Times by Bridget A. Thomas

  1. Nice one Bridget. Wisdom surpasses everything and it’s such a beautiful story that Solomon chose to ask for Wisdom, even in his dream. That astounds me.

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  2. Perth Girl says:

    Love the post Bridget. What stood out to me was “ Solomon’s request illustrated that he was not walking in fear. If he had been walking in fear he would have asked for something like good health, a long life, riches, or for everyone to like him. When we meet God in prayer, are our prayers threaded with fear or with faith?”
    Wow! I never thought of it like that. This made me think about what is underlying my prayers.
    Blessings to you 😊💙

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    • Thank you! I was thinking about this point this morning as well. I believe that even in good times, we allow worry and fear to live in our hearts, and as a result it flows through to our prayers. It’s interesting to think about how we might have subconscious motives behind our actions. Once we pay attention to that, I think we can see a lot of growth in our walk. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you too! 💜

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  3. Lorraine says:

    My comment is one word: Amen. My friend, what a joyous reminder that we don’t have to wait until devastation to turn to our Lord with cries for mercy and draw closer. I know He is eager to hear our words of wonderful times just as we would share them with excitement with a good friend on earth. After all, He is our BEST friend. He is there to comfort us in bad times…but do we forget to include Him in the good times when He can rejoice with us and hear our words of thanks and praise? Our Lord wants us to be happy but hard times are a part of life and spiritual growth and they make the good times even better. Thank you, Jesus, for the wonderful day I had yesterday visiting my friend and sharing a meal and a movie and our issues and our laughter. Thank you for being right there with us and smiling as we enjoyed the day. Amen. Love you, Bridget!!

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    • Aw, what a beautiful comment. Yes, He is our best friend and wants to share everything with us. He longs to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us. And once we begin to include Him in everything, we will overflow with so much more joy than we can imagine. Thanks for sharing your heart, Lorraine! Love you too! 💚

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