That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied to God, “You showed faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 (NLT)
I’m amazed by Solomon’s response. In a world where kings were known for their great authority and self-centeredness, like Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Solomon’s response is refreshingly humble. “Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
Who is under your influence? Each of us has someone who looks up to us for advice at one point or another. Do you give advice immediately, or do you first pray and ask God for wisdom—even silently?
Are you a leader? Do you go about your leadership tasks as if you have all the answers, or do you humbly admit to God that you do not have the wisdom or knowledge necessary for the job that you have?
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 1:5 (ESV)
The God of the Old Testament is the same God who desires to give you the wisdom you need today. Why don’t you ask Him for that right now?
Timmy Baze 😀