“That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ 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 1:7-10

In the passage above, Solomon had just become the King of Israel (succeeding his father David), and was governing a nation at war. In his first act as king, he ascended the high place at Gibeon, which was the home of the tabernacle, where the Jews believed you could actually encounter God. Solomon climbed the hill and made a great sacrifice on the bronze altar in the tent of meeting, giving 1,000 burnt offerings! The Lord was pleased with the king’s sacrifice, and in response to his extravagant generosity, He offered to give him anything that he wanted. Wow — what a deal! I don’t know about you, but if I was in Solomon’s position, I think I might have asked God for some money or prestige, but instead, the king asked for wisdom and knowledge. Of all the stuff he could have requested, he chose Heavenly virtues that can never spoil, perish or fade.

Why did Solomon ask for wisdom above all else? So that he could lead God’s people well. Rather than thinking of himself and requesting long life or unending riches, he thought of those he would serve. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Because of his heart, God responded with a promise that the king would not only have Heavenly virtues in abundance, but he would also have all of the worldly blessings he hadn’t asked for.

Friend, when you put those you lead ahead of yourself and think of their needs before your own, God is honored. As you seek eternal treasures and desire them more than the riches of this world, other good things will be added to you! Isn’t that wonderful news?


I pray, Jesus, that you would give me wisdom and knowledge so that I can lead others well; may I have a heart like Solomon’s.


What would you ask for if God told you He would give you anything? Why?

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