Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Old Testament King Solomon prays for wisdom to lead his people.

I Kings 3:9 [Solomon prayed] “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil.” (NASB)

This is a remarkable moment in the Bible.  King Solomon has just begun his reign, and gathers the people, making a thousand burnt offerings to God, seeking His guidance.  How it must have pleased the Almighty to have this young king humble himself!  Then God appears to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted!!  What would you say??

It’s a testament to Solomon’s devotion and submission to God that his request was for wisdom to lead Israel.  Solomon felt keenly his inadequacies in taking his father’s throne!  When you are honest about your weaknesses, God is only too glad to provide the strength needed to accomplish His will.  (Philippians 4:13)  God never gives His children just what we ask — He always gives more!