December 31, Year A

Inspired by 1 Kings 3:5-14

“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.” 1 Kings 3:7 (NRSV)

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we’re simply not prepared for.  We have authority greater than we’ve ever had before; we have responsibilities beyond what we’ve ever imagined.  Even if it’s something we’ve worked and striven for, we’re struck with fear once we’re there.  We feel inadequate to the task, perhaps like a child suddenly mistaken for a grown-up.

But we need not meet our responsibilities alone.  God is Lord of all, and his wisdom applies to all situations.  He knows our talents, he knows our weaknesses, and he can guide us in all our ways.  Indeed, even when we feel confident about the task at hand, it’s better to appeal to God’s wisdom than to rely on our own cleverness.  When we trust in ourselves alone we may fail to recognize our own limits and make decisions based on our own desires rather than reality.  But if we humble ourselves and seek the will of God we’re better able to see truth and respond accordingly.  We’re more likely to recognize those we’re responsible for as beloved and valuable in their own right, rather than mere tools for our task.

Whatever authority we may have, all authority comes from God.  Seek his counsel and follow his ways, and you’ll be able to accomplish all you are called to do.

Let us pray.  Lord of all, you are the ultimate authority in the universe.  Let us seek you for direction, that our leadership will reflect your wisdom and grace.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.