Read 1 Kings 3:7-14 [show] 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. 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. 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?"
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." (ESV)
Solomon was about to become the next king of Israel. His father, David, had been a great king. His reputation would not be easy to live up to. Solomon knew that he lacked the experience and the expertise to be a great ruler. So, he asked God to give him a discerning heart.
Solomon needed a discerning heart to carry out his responsibilities. His decisions would impact real people. If he made mistakes or overlooked certain areas, people would suffer. The nation could be put at risk.
Solomon needed a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. There are many occasions when it is obvious. But there are times when it is not clear what the right thing to do is.
God was pleased with Solomon’s request. It demonstrated two important qualities:
- He wanted to stay connected with God.
- He genuinely cared about what happened to others.
What are some areas you need God’s help to carry out your responsibilities?
Are you facing any situations right now where the right thing to do is not obvious?
James 1:5 [show] If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (ESV)
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If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
What are some ways you think God answers the prayer for wisdom?