Even though Solomon was the wisest man on earth and he did a bunch of great things, I was always put off by him for all the women he “collected”. I didn’t really talk about him very much. In fact, I kind of ignored him. (Am I the only one who gives the ancients the silent treatment?) Today, I’m forgiving him and moving on. I’m recognizing his good points. I am remembering that there are no villains, only people.
That being said. I have to confess that I just read what may be the best response to a question by God that I have ever read.God asks Solomon what he wants. Pick it Solomon, you can have anything you dreamed of. Enemies falling at your hand? Peace? Prosperity? 72 inch flat screen tv?
Here is Solomon’s response:
7 Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.8 Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
Yep. It’s awesome.
I love how Solomon humbly says that he feels like a child. I get that! I still fell like I’m twelve and then when I’m asked to speak in front of grown ups, I feel so incompetent. I need three people (including myself) to give me a pep talk. So, Solomon, I understand you. You didn’t pretend to be bigger than your britches because you know that He knows you.
God’s response is priceless, literally:
10 It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,12 behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.13 I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.14 If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”
Ah, that we would respond in a way that is pleasing to the Lord! That, friends, is my goal for today. 🙂