At Gibeon, the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want Me to give you."

I Kings 3:5, NIV 

 

Do you remember that game we played as kids? You know the one: if you had three wishes, what would they be? And while there were a million variations, the answers were nearly all the same: Wealth, power, and long life. Maybe even a pop sickle if it was a really warm day! 

 

But in this case God really did tell Solomon that he could ask for whatever he wanted. And while it should be obvious to everyone that God would not give Solomon something that was sinful, the possibilities were otherwise limitless.

 

And Solomon chose wisdom!

 

Imagine that: He could have been the richest man in the world. He could have been king of the entire world, if he had wanted. He could have asked to live for a thousand lifetimes... but Solomon chose wisdom.

 

Why would he have done that? He gave the answer - he said that he was just a little child who didn't know how to carry out his duties as king. He said that God's people were vast, so he wanted to be able to govern them in a way that would please God.

 

God was so pleased with Solomon's priorities that He gave Solomon the greatest wisdom any mere mortal was to ever possess. In addition, He gave Solomon incredible wealth and power and, if he would walk in God's ways, a long life.

 

What would you ask for, if God offered to give you whatever you wanted?

 

The fact is, He already has - so choose wisely!

 

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a  fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

Matthew 7:7-11, NIV 

 

Today is day 15 of the 30 day challenge to read through the books of the champions and the kings, with I Kings 1-8 being the reading for the day. May God richly bless you as you seek to find His will and do it!