“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.” 1 Kings 3:9-12 (Context: 1 Kings 3:1-4:34)
God is not reluctant to give good gifts to his children. When Solomon expressed his desire for a heart of wisdom above worldly gain, the Lord responded with a tidal wave of blessing (including temporal blessing that he did not ask for!). When we truly seek first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33), we can rest assured that we will lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10). God knows what is best for us and delights to give generously to those who ask!
- How do our prayers reveal what we are really seeking?
- How does scripture help us understand the source and value of wisdom?
- Pray sincerely to your loving Father today and humbly ask for a heart of wisdom – He will be delighted to hear and promises to respond with grace (Matt 7:8)