Solomon is known as the wisest man who ever walked the earth (besides Jesus). But where did this man gain such great wisdom? We discover this in 1 Kings 3:7-9:
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Solomon knew he couldn’t rule Israel on his own. Solomon saw himself as a child when it came to being king if he didn’t have God’s help. Just like Solomon, we are just little children without God. He needed God’s guidance and wisdom in order to rule effectively and fairly. We are also like children without God, we know so little and without guidance we are doomed. Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) and “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19: 26) So in every area of your life, hold tight to God, because no one could do it better than He can.
As Solomon continues, he calls the Israelites a “great people”. This shows that Solomon loves his people, and therefore wanted what’s best for them. However, Solomon knew he could got give the best on his own. He knew that only God could give them everything. We often wear ourselves out trying to provide the best for the ones we love, whether as spouse or parent or friend. But we can’t give our loved ones the very best with our own strength, only God can do everything perfectly. So depend on Him and He will provide guidance and strength to do your best for them.
Solomon asked God for wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. The new king knew that the One that wrote the Law would be the best person to learn the Law from. Today, we live in a world filled with “deep thinkers” with theories on morality and religion. But as Christians, we know that the truth is found in God’s Word, not in anyone’s mind! To gain wisdom like Solomon’s, we need to read God’s Word regularly and study it, so we find what God wants to show us.
God wants to grant us with the same wisdom Solomon had, so He gave us His word which is full of wisdom and guidance for us. Through His word, we can learn right from wrong, depend on Him, and give the best guidance to our loved ones.This week, remember Solomon’s wish, and ask God for the same!