And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 1Kings 3:3-5;
Heaven has never failed to react any time it is provoked. Your actions and inactions have the ability to either provoke God to anger or provoke Him to bless you, the type of reactions you get from heaven is all determined by you! According to the above scriptures, heaven responded to Solomon in a way it has never responded to anyone before; the level of favour Solomon enjoyed with God was extraordinary, and this clearly placed him ahead and above all kings that ever ruled in Israel or Judah. What was the secret, why would God single out a man for a level of exceptional favour which no one has ever enjoyed? The scripture reveals that God is no respecter of persons, Solomon at the very beginning of his reign discovered the secrets of provoking heaven for uncommon favour, he engaged the right keys, and that was why heaven responded in a special way!
The first key Solomon engaged to unlock heaven for uncommon favour was his love for God. Solomonís burnt offering of thousands was unusual; before him, itís not on record that anyone has ever offered burnt offerings of thousands to God! The motivation for Solomonís offerings of thousands was obviously his love for God. According to the scriptures, Solomon loved the Lord, and it was this love that actually propelled him to give in a dimension that no one has done before. Love is a very strong force that drives a man to go the extra mile for God; a man that is propelled by love for God will never consider any sacrifice too much to make for Him! Thereís no way you can provoke heaven for uncommon favour if you are the type that does not put God first in all things. Your love for God is demonstrated in the way you handle your relationship with Him. If other things have taken the place of God in your heart so much that you have pushed God to the back seat in your plans, thoughts, considerations, dreams, aspirations and pursuits in life, thereís no way heaven can release uncommon favour upon you. Uncommon favour gets attracted to you once God is attracted to you; when you deeply love the Lord, He will be attracted to you. Any offering or sacrifices offered to God while you yourself are far from and rebellious against God, are worthless and useless!
Another secret of the uncommon favour heaven released upon Solomon was the size of his offerings. Everything Solomon gave to the Lord was given in thousands: a thousand ram, a thousand oxen, a thousand sheep, all things in thousands! Solomonís sacrifice was the first of its kind, it was ground-breaking! Since he gave to God in a dimension nobody has ever done, God also responded to him in a way He has not responded to anyone before! Wide and permanent doors were opened in heaven upon Solomon so much that he experienced unceasing harvests and uncommon favour throughout the years he reigned as king. Truth is, the size of your seeds will determine the size of your harvests! According to 2 Corinthians 9:6, he who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Thereís no limit to the harvest heaven can deliver to you, itís the size of your seeds however that determines the size of harvests you receive. One of the indisputable laws of harvest is that bountiful harvests always follow generous sowing just as day follows night! God cannot be mocked, to provoke uncommon favour, your offerings and services to God and His kingdom must be extra ordinary. If youíre not willing to do beyond what you are doing at the moment, you may never provoke heaven to release uncommon favour. It is possible for you to change your level by increasing the level of your commitment to God. If you want to experience great harvests of blessings and favour, simply do more for God.
It must be emphasized that you can walk in the realm of uncommon favour only if you set your priorities right. Solomon certainly had need of several things, but when the Lord placed an open cheque before him, all he asked for was Godís wisdom. Of a truth wisdom is the principal thing and Christ is the wisdom of God! Those who pursue riches and good things of the world at the expense of God are unwise, they can never be satisfied in life, in fact they usually live and die miserable! To keep the doors of uncommon favour permanently opened upon your life, you must place God where He belongs, the very centre of your life. Once God has taken His place in your life and you maintain a strong relationship with Him, you will not fall out of favour. Many actually began their journey well with God and as a result enjoyed His favour, but somehow somewhere, they missed it. It is a terrible thing to fall out of favour with God, and that is the reason you must immediately return to Him for restoration. It is possible for you to experience uncommon favour everyday of your life if you know how to provoke God to actions in your favour!
By: Ezekiel Olukolajo
(c) May 2012