Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:5–15
“In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee,” 1 Kings 3:5.
If God appeared to you in a dream and said to you, “Ask what I shall give thee,” what would you say to Him? Today, let us look at how Solomon responded.
First Kings 3:6–15 says, “And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.”
Again I ask, if God appears to you in a dream and says, “Ask what I shall give thee,” how will you respond? Will you recount all His goodness to you and to your ancestors and then ask Him for the wisdom and understanding to fulfill His plan for your life? This is what Solomon did. He asked God to give him a wise and understanding heart above all other things to be able to judge his people rightly. This request pleased God and caused Him to add blessings beyond his request.
Solomon became the symbol of wisdom and wealth in his time and for all ages. Pray that God will give you a wise and understanding heart. May our prayers please God.
Pray that God will give you the grace to appreciate His goodness to you and your family. Pray that God will give you riches, honour, obedience, and length of days. Besides praying as above, today let us take action. Give an offering unto the Lord today by doing something for Him. Feed the poor or render a service to your church. Do whatever you can as a sign of appreciation of His goodness. As Solomon believed God’s promises even in his dream and confirmed his faith by offering sacrifices upon awakening, may we also believe His promises and experience blessings beyond belief.