A Discerning Heart (Wisdom)
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 1 Kings 3:5-12
Very early in his kingship, Solomon exhibits his understanding of the responsibilities ahead of him. He does not take being king lightly, nor for his own benefit, but in humility expressing himself as only a child, although he was not, Solomon knows that the job of king is bigger than him and needs to rely on God to carry it out. He asks for a discerning heart, for wisdom in governing God’s people. God is pleased, and gives Solomon wisdom as no man has ever had. God also blesses Solomon with what he did not ask for, both riches and honor. When we pray and ask for God to meet our needs, in Solomon’s case wisdom, God will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Trust in Him who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine.