Daily Worship

Crisis of confidence

Wendy August 02, 2017 0 1
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1 Kings 3: 5-10

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.

'Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!' - Anne Frank


Thank you, God, 

for the strange comfort to be found 

in knowing of the weakness and vulnerability 

of the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings,

of their crises of confidence in themselves and 

at times, even in you.  


Thank you, God,

for the deep comfort to be found in your words 

"Ask what I should give you"

And the hope that even though we may feel out of our depth

You do not call us to a task without also 

resourcing us with what we need.


Thank you, God,

for the great comfort

that you know our potential 

that you know us, 

that we are fearfully and wonderfully made

Help us to believe as you do, 

in the goodness of your creation

and so share your gifts as the world has need.



Image: Sunflower farmer Burundi (Christian Aid)