My thoughts for this week brought me to 1 Kings 3:1-15. This is the passage where the LORD appears to Solomon in a dream and asks him what should I give you. I don’t know if you have ever had this happen to you, but I know I have not. We see here that Solomon is faced with a question, but not just from anyone, but a question from God. I want us to think about this, what if God asked you what do you want? To be honest I am not sure what my answer would be. In this passage as we read on, we see what Solomon asks for. He did not ask for money or fame, good health, and quite honestly he did not ask for anything that was selfish. Instead he asked for a receptive heart to judge and to discern between good and evil.
Solomon asked for wisdom to judge and administer justice. As we read on we see that God was pleased with his request and also grants him many other things. As we continue through our reading we get to see some of this wisdom portrayed through rulings and through proverbs, but let us never forget that Solomon asked for wisdom, and his wisdom did not come through or from him, but rather it came from God.
When we pray, what are we praying for, or what are we praying about? Are we only asking for things selfishly, or are we asking for things that will further the Kingdom? Solomon asked for something that would not only help him rule, but that would also show the greatness of the One he served. People from all around knew of Solomon’s wisdom, but they also knew who his God was. Let us use what we have been given for God’s glory and not our own.
Thanks for reading,