Solomon Asks for Wisdom
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 3:4-15
Most of us, at one time or another, have played the little game of “3 wishes” with ourselves or with others. The game goes something like this – you have been given three wishes, and you can ask for anything you want. What would your wishes be? The answers to this question are typically humorous and pretty informative. In fact, if you ever want to really understand what drives another person, ask him or her this question. In today’s key passage, we see a real-life example of this game in Scripture. Solomon was the new king and one night in a dream, God appeared to him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (Vs. 5) Now we all have moments of greatness in our lives. These are moments when we do the right thing, say the right thing, or think the right thing. In my opinion, Solomon’s greatest moment comes in the next few lines of Scripture. In response to God, we read in verses 7-9, “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” When given the chance to ask God for anything, Solomon chose to ask for wisdom. The next line of Scripture is beautiful in its simplicity as we read, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” (Vs. 10)
My question today for each of us might be a convicting one. If you were in the same position as Solomon, what would you say? If God appeared to you today and told you to ask for whatever you want, what would you ask for Him to give you? I ask that you spend some time today prayerfully considering this question, because while it may seem like an easy one, the answer will directly reflect where your heart is in relation with God’s will. When considering this question, remember that no matter what we say our answer would be, God knows our heart and He knows what we would truly ask from Him. He knows what is in our deepest prayers and He knows what drives us and motivates us. Would your answer be pleasing to Him? If not, the good news is that God has the power to change our hearts. He has the power to help our will line up with His perfect will. In fact, that is what our walk with God is really all about – growing and maturing in our faith as we become more like Christ. My prayer today is that you would prayerfully consider your request, that your request would be pleasing to God, and that He will give you the desire of your heart. Just as God granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, He will grant your request as well when it lines up with His perfect will.
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