I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have. And I will also give you what you did not ask for – riches and honor!’” (1 Kings 3:5-13 NLT)
Question – “If the Lord appeared to you in a dream and asked you what you wanted, how would you respond to His question?” Would you ask for health or wealth? Would you ask for influence or power? Would you ask for companionship or success? Would you ask for yourself, or would you ask on behalf of others? What would you ask for if the Lord told you He would give you what you wanted?
Most of us have great ambitions and desires in life – for ourselves and for others. We want to live the best life and the blessed life – and we also want that kind of life for others, especially those that are closest to us. Many of us want to have the resources and influence that we can encourage others to be good and godly. Wanting possessions, power, prestige and personal achievement is not necessarily bad, because the Lord has given to many an ambitious spirit. When, however, we want those things more than we want the Lord’s presence, power and will in our lives, we find ourselves getting into trouble.
Solomon was an extraordinary young man. To be chosen out of all of David’s sons to be king was a great achievement. He was already blessed and gifted. Then to hear the Lord promise that He would give Solomon anything and everything he asked for must have been almost more than Solomon could bear. He was at the pinnacle of popularity with his people and with the Lord.
But Solomon at this time in his life was apparently already a man of humility and wisdom. In his request, he prayed for the ability to help others rather than himself. He really was requesting to know the Lord’s will for God’s people, and anytime we seek to know the Lord’s will we are putting God’s priorities before our own – and the Lord is always pleased with and blesses that mindset.
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Do you want health or wealth? Do you want influence or power? Do you want companionship or success? There is nothing wrong with wanting those things – but if we want the Lord’s presence, power and will in our lives more than we want those things, we will reap from the Lord’s resources rather than other resources, including our own.
As you pray today: 1) Ask the Lord to show you what is first and foremost in your heart, what you want more than anything else; 2) Ask the Lord to forgive you if He and His will is not first in your life, and ask Him to become number one in your life; and 3) Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom that you might know His will and that you might bless and minister to His people.