Solomon had established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great (2 Chronicles 1:1). Then God said this amazing thing, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ God didn't promise Solomon that He would give it to him, He just said to ask. Perhaps the promise was implicit in the statement, but Solomon's answer shows where his heart was. Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ (2 Chronicles 1:8-10).
We can see several points in his reply to the Lord. He was humble and kept in mind that God was truly King over Israel, he reminded God of His promises, and he asked for wisdom so that he could do his job well. Because of his heart, and the fact that he didn’t ask for wealth, riches or honour, nor for the death of his enemies or a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern God's people, God gave him wisdom and knowledge and also wealth, riches and honour, like no king before or after.
Let's let this be a reminder to us to check our hearts and ask God for what is right. I’m reminded of the Serenity Prayer, ‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.’ As the Proverbs say, let’s seek wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, please give me wisdom to do the job You’ve given me to do. I trust You to provide for all my needs. Help me to have Your heart. Amen.
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