Friday, August 4

1 Kings 3:5-12 (ESV)

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.


Reflection

The thing I love the most about Solomon in today’s reading is

his humility. God comes to him and invites Solomon to ask God

for anything he wants, anything at all. Solomon could have

asked for great wealth, but he doesn’t. Solomon could have

asked for great power, but he doesn’t. Solomon could have

asked for great fame, but he doesn’t. Instead, Solomon humbly

asks, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to

govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for

who can govern this your great people?” Solomon asks for

wisdom in governance and so it is granted him by God.

If you were to ask God for any one thing, any one thing at all,

knowing that God was going to immediately grant you your one

request, what would be it? If you’re like me, most likely what

first comes to mind are things that would make my own life

better, or easier, or more luxurious. How many of us, though,

would ask for wisdom to know and do God’s will? How many of

us would ask for patience with others? How many of us would

ask for the ability to forgive those who have wronged us?

Here in 1 Kings, Solomon teaches us an important lesson about

our prayer life. To prayer as Jesus intends us to pray is not to

pray for our will or our desires to be done, but rather for God’s

will and God’s desires to be done in and through us. “Ask and it

will be given you,” invites Jesus. What are you praying for?

Whatever it is, may it be pleasing to God.


Prayer

Lord, we pray this day for all those who govern. Give them

humble hearts, eagerly seeking your will that they might know

and do that which is right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Greg Busboom

Lead Pastor

pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org