Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read 1 Kings 3:5 – 15
In this passage, Solomon has recently succeeded his father David as the King. The Bible tells us that the Lord appeared to Solomon and told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted from the Lord. I don’t know about you but if the Lord told me to ask for whatever I wanted there would be a lot of requests that would run through my mind. I might ask for a long life or health for my family or something else but I am not sure I would ask for wisdom. However, Solomon asks the Lord for wisdom but not just wisdom for wisdom’s sake. Solomon asks for wisdom so that he might govern the people well and be a good king. He asks for wisdom so that he might bless other people. It is wise for us to ask God for attributes so that we might bless other people.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
When God appeared to Solomon, Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom. In all honesty if God appeared to you and told you to ask for whatever you wanted; what would you ask God to give you? Would you ask for something for yourself or for others? What has God already given you and how might you bless others from what God has already given to you?
The Bible tells us that the Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. How often is God pleased with your request for yourself?
In verses 10 – 14 how does God respond to Solomon’s request for wisdom? What does the Lord’s response to Solomon tell us about God?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I confess that I do not always ask for items or attributes that would bless others but items and attributes that would benefit me. Forgive me Lord when I do this and help me to ask for and seek out items and attributes that would help me to bless other people. Speak to me Lord and help me understand what I should be asking from you. Amen.