Solomon Prays for Wisdom

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God… “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”  – 2 Chronicles 1:7-10

 Israel had gone through some tough times as a nation. Early on they seemed to go through cycles of following God, then falling into idolatry, and then God would send oppressors to discipline them. They would repent and God deliver them.

After a while they wanted to be like other nations and have a king over them so God gave them a king. The first king of Israel was Saul. He started as a humble farm boy but soon became drunk with power and began to rebel against the prophet to do things his own way.

David was the man God called to succeed Saul. David was a good king. He was flawed, but he did have a heart after God. Solomon, David’s son would succeed him on the throne of Israel.

Soon after Solomon became king he went to the altar and to show his devotion to the Lord God he offered 1000 burnt offerings to the Lord on the bronze altar (v6). It was in response to this great offering that God spoke to Solomon promising to give him whatever he asked for.

Solomon did not ask for riches or power, he simply asked for wisdom to lead this great people. God granted his prayer for wisdom and because he didn’t ask for the other things God not only gave him great wisdom, but he gave him wealth as well.

There is a lesson in this story for all of us. God has given us an awesome responsibility toward this generation. We are called to lead this people to Christ. God has also promised prosperity to those who follow him. Our choice is this: Do we pursue the blessing of prosperity, or do we pursue the purposes of God?

God’s promise is that if we pursue his purposes he then will give us whatever prosperity we are wise enough to handle.

 Prayer: Father, give me the humility to seek your kingdom first so that your purposes will be fulfilled in me. In Jesus name, amen.

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