Solomon’s Request

In the book of 1 Kings, God instructs King Solomon, “Ask what you wish me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon responds, “Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). Solomon asked God for wisdom, and he did that for three perfect reasons.

First, because he trusted in God’s power. Solomon did not ask God for wisdom while wondering if God had the power or ability to grant his request. He knew that when God said, “ask,” God was able to do anything.

Second, because he realized what he needed most. God gave Solomon the great privilege and responsibility of leading and ruling His people. Solomon realized what he lacked, saying, “You have made Your servant king…yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in” (1 Kings 3:7). He knew that he needed wisdom to lead a nation that was pleasing to God.

Third, because wisdom is more valuable than anything else. Solomon already had wealth and power, he was already the King, but wisdom from God is far more precious than silver or gold.

We have the same opportunity that Solomon had. James wrote, “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). We need to trust the power of God, recognize what we need, realize how precious and valuable wisdom is, and follow this obedient example of Solomon. When did you and I last pray to God and ask for wisdom?

Matt Langfield