You have probably seen a movie or heard a story about someone who has had the opportunity to make a wish or the ability to choose something that they wanted no strings attached. Often what happens in that moment in almost all of those kinds of stories is that the person chooses out of selfishness or greed. The result of these stories never end well.
Now in this passage if you look at verse 5 the Lord appears to Solomon and essentially offers him the ability to “make a wish.” However, Solomon does something amazing. He does not ask for money or status or anything that is viewed as a possession. Solomon looks at himself and the task before him, which is to fill the shoes of his father David. After realizing the bigness of this task he cries out to God a request for wisdom and a discerning mind. So God grants Solomon the wisdom and discernment and on top of that He grants him riches and honor. God gives beyond what is asked. When we make requests to God that are within his will, He is glad to honor them and gives beyond what we can imagine.
So what does this mean for us? It means that we as followers of Christ have a huge task at hand that we cannot accomplish without God, just like Solomon had a task in front of him that he could not accomplish alone. Our task is the great commission. We are to share with the world the good news of Jesus. We however are broken and in need of the Lord. So rather than praying to God about selfish desires and gain, should we not pray to the father for things such as wisdom in order to better serve Him and advance the Kingdom?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate