DECEMBER 7 1 Kings 3:11-15
Solomon’s request for wisdom pleased the LORD. Why? Many of our prayer requests are often self-centred to make ourselves feel good. But Solomon’s request was not for himself. He requested for wisdom so that he could be a good king. He understood wisdom was needed for this great calling from God. He asked for wisdom not for his sake, but for the sake of God’s people – the great nation of Israel.
Solomon’s request was so that he could better serve God. The LORD gave him great wisdom that the world would never see again. Besides that, God also gave him riches, honour and if Solomon continued to obey God, he was promised a long life. All these were not part of his request, but the LORD was pleased to give it to Solomon. It was a clear and authoritative sign that God was with him, a young king at the start of his reign.
Like Solomon, do you find yourself faced with a difficult, uphill task that you don’t think you can handle? Wisdom will help you to know and apply God’s Word correctly. If that’s what a king needs to ask for, we definitely need to as well.
Write out the correct order of the scrambled phrases below to find out what James 1:5 says!
let him ask of God./ that giveth to all men liberally,/and it shall be given him./ If any of you lack wisdom,/ and upbraideth not;
Thought: God will never find fault with those who ask for wisdom, but will give it freely.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I pray that You will be with me through all the challenges of life and to grant me wisdom to handle them. Help me to be a better child, a kinder person, and a more consistent Christian. In Jesus’ name, Amen.