Like A Little Child

A little over 8 years ago we moved to Bridgeport to help establish a new work of God called Grace Fellowship. The very first day I was here, my Quiet Time (a quiet time alone with God to pray & read the Bible) was in 1 Kings 3. That just happened to be the portion of Scripture I was in as I was reading through the Bible.

In 1 Kings 3:5-9 we find this narrative: In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.” Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:5-9 NASB)

In verse 7, Solomon tells God he feels like a little child when it comes to leading God’s people. I felt that way the first day I was here and I still feel that way. God has given me a place of leadership and I’m humbled and grateful for the privilege & responsibility, but many times I feel so incapable of leading God’s people. That’s why I consistently ask God for wisdom & understanding. So if you want to know how to pray for me, it’s simple: pray that I’ll be like a little child who recognizes his need for constant direction from His Heavenly Father and ask God to give me wisdom & understanding every day.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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2 Responses to Like A Little Child

  1. Pam Clark says:

    I will pray that for you.

  2. I feel you! Pray for you daily! Blessed to serve with you.

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