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God Asked Solomon What He Wanted And His Answer Will Surprise You

person studying the Bible on a wooden table with a coffee and notebook on either side of them and a pencil in their left hand
August 9, 2021
Caroline Burk

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” – 1 Kings 3:9

In 1 Kings 3, we see that God came to Solomon in a dream and told him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (v. 5).

Solomon didn’t seem to hesitate when he asked God for help discerning between right and wrong (v. 9). This answer might not be the one we were expecting; How many of us, if asked what we want by the Creator of the universe, would think to ask for wisdom above anything else?

But God “was pleased that Solomon had asked for this” (v. 10) and He answered Solomon, giving him wisdom, along with so much more.

Why is this story significant? Well, it’s tempting to put the people of the Bible on a pedestal, thinking that they had special VIP access to God. However, we have to remember that we serve the same God as Solomon – a God who cares enough to ask us what we need and to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

What is it you need today? Whatever it may be, know that you, just like Solomon, can bring it to God and He will provide.

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