Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 3, Ezekiel 34, Psalm 83-84, Ephesians 1.
“3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’ 6 And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?'” 1 Kings 3:3-8
Did you catch that?
Don’t pass over it too quickly.
If you go back and read it again, you will see that God came to Solomon and said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Translation: “What do you want, Solomon? Ask Me, and I will give it to you.”
Before we consider what Solomon asks, what would you ask for?
God is no “Genie in a Bottle,” but still . . . what would flood your mind?
If you could have God do anything for you, at your request, what would it be?
The more I think about it . . . really think about it. . . Solomon’s response is genius and makes perfect sense.
He asks for wisdom. Or, more precisely, he asks for a discerning mind. He wanted to be able to make decisions between good and evil. He wanted to lead rightly. He must have known that life would involve many difficult and “gray” areas that would need supernatural wisdom for success.
Learning from Solomon here would serve us well, don’t you think?
I doubt anyone reading this is King over a nation (if so, could you give me a Twitter ‘shout out’? Just kidding. . . sort of). But I have a really good feeling everyone reading this (hi mom!) deals with people.
Yeah. People. Whether it is a nation, or a family, or a classroom, or colleagues, or a boss, or a friend, or an “ex” friend, or a spouse, or a church, or a neighbor, or a cashier, or an in-law, or . . . you get the point. All of us, almost all the time, are required to deal with people. Ultimately, that’s exactly what Solomon acknowledged he needed help with: People. “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people.”
Bathsheba didn’t raise no dummy.
Solomon could have asked for anything. But the smartest thing for him to do was to get himself some “other wordly,” supernatural deified discernment from the only One who can give it: the Lord Himself.
I wonder if there is anyone reading this who is in some sort of “issue” with another person? And I wonder if anyone reading this needs insight into how to deal with that particular “issue” because there is no “easy fix”?
Let’s all be honest. There is no such relationship that exists where supernatural wisdom and discernment isn’t needed.
Before you and I go about our day – for one more second – why don’t we stop and ask the One who gives it, to grant us a discerning mind to go about our lives and relationships in ways that honor, please, and bless His great Name.