2 Chronicles 1:7 -That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”13 Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.
What are you petitioning God for? What is it that you desire God to do for you?
After having received his father throne as King of Israel, Scripture declares in this text that God himself appears to Solomon and ask "what do you want me to give you"?
This was the question that was before King Solomon that night when God appeared to him. Solomon first responded with gratitude for what God has done as a Promise Keeper of making him king in his father's place.
In response to God , Solomon did not answer in the way that many kings or leaders today would have answered. Solomon's heart was with God and His people. He was not concerned about self, but about what the will of God was for His people. Solomon looked beyond himself and saw the need of God's people. In other words, Solomon wanted to do what was right in the eyes of God and not man.
Too many Christians today are trying to be people pleasers. Choose ye this day whom you will serve! God or man? For scripture declares in Matthew 6:24- that no man can serve 2 masters. He will love one and hate the other.
Solomon loved God and God loved Solomon. Solomon was given a choice. God was willing to grant him with whatever he desired. Solomon could have prayed and asked God for anything. He could have asked for for money, wealth, good health, longevity, power, material possessions, favor with friends or neighbors, victory over his enemies, status, titles, position, etc. But, he didn't.
In response to God, Solomon prayed for wisdom to lead God's people. Scripture declares in Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
God grants Solomon request and gave him wisdom and wealth beyond any man or woman that would come before or after him. Let's listen to what the love of God and the love of His people produced in the life of Solomon. Solomon obeyed the greatest commandment that is found in Matthew 22:37-39 - 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
God not only hears, but answers Solomon prayer. Let's listen in vs#11-13 - God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
Solomon could have been puffed in pride because he was made king, but instead we see humility at it's greatest.
What is it that you are petitioning God for this morning? Is it to advance you and your kingdom or the kingdom of God? What is it? Who will benefit from your petition?
Solomon has left us all with something to ponder on today.
What are you petitioning God for?
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you.
I love you all with the love of Christ.