The story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom has always intrigued me. What an offer! God actually appeared to the new king in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon, in turn, asked for the one thing he needed most to be a successful king: wisdom.
A new thought jumped out at me as I read the story through this most recent time. God wants us all to ask Him for what we want. Our desires matter to Him. This matters to me.
Like many women, I’m a born people pleaser. My family has started calling me on this. When they ask me what I want to do, I’ll usually say, “You choose.” They’ll get frustrated and insist I choose. They want to know what I want. But what I want is for them to be happy. It’s nice to know they want the same for me.
God wants us to tell Him what we want, too. He loves us and wants to give us good things. If we ask for something unwise, He’ll say, “No,” unless saying, “Yes,” will teach us something. Life is a training ground for eternity, after all. God utilizes opportunities to train and discipline. Asking for something unwise may give Him such an opportunity.
“The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.”
Solomon was at Gibeon when God appeared to him in a dream—after Solomon had offered a thousand burnt offerings. Solomon the brand new king was desperately seeking God’s favor. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. He wanted to lead God’s people well. He wanted God’s blessing on his work.
This progression of events says to me that if we want God’s blessing, assistance, and favor in our lives, if we want Him to ask us what we want, we need to spend time in His Presence seeking such.
Don’t get me wrong. We can’t earn anything from God. Everything He gives comes by grace. But He created us to enjoy a loving relationship with Him. When we seek Him, He responds. He listens to our hearts. He gives us what we need.
Solomon was wise before God gave him great wisdom. To find what he needed, He went straight to the Source and stayed to receive the answer he wanted more than anything. His example here is one we’re wise to follow each day.
Father, thank You for caring about our desires. Above all, we want more of You! Call us into Your Presence often. Help us to ask for the things we need to serve You well wherever we are, whatever roles we fill. We love You, Lord. Amen.