The Greatest Lesson From King Solomon

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7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?
— 1 Chronicles 1:7-10 NIV

We know that Solomon was named the wisest man, and after reading this account I think you can see why. If God said to you right now “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What would you say? Think about it, and don’t mimic what solomon said, but be honest with yourself.  Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead the children of God. The children of God that were under his reign. That really stood out to me, and convicted me. Let me tell you why.
 

Wisdom: The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The ability to make good decisions based on discernment and judgment. 
 
Knowledge: Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education. 
 
Solomon asked the Lord to give him instruction, lessons, guidance, examples, and trials to lead his people. He put the need of his people first! What a great King. He knew that in order to be the King that God ordained him to be he would need wisdom. Solomon believed that wisdom was the most valuable asset anyone can have. If you don’t believe me check this scripture out Proverbs 3:15. Written later on by King Solomon himself. Now, back to the question I asked you earlier. Would you say “God give me wisdom and knowledge.” This is where I was convicted becauses honestly I would have not asked for that. I believe that a lot of us wouldn’t. That is a problem. 
 
Whatever your ministry is you need wisdom and knowledge to govern the people under the sound of your voice. In this day and age social media has given so many a platform. Ministries are blooming, blogging is growing, podcasts are thriving, bible studies, and speakers are all over. I am here for it, but Solomon gave you the greatest lesson as a leader. What are you asking for? Are you asking for more followers, more subscribers, more bodies for your ministry, more gifts, a leadership position, more connections, validation from people, etc. What are you asking for? 
 

11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.
— 1 Chronicles 1:11-12 NIV

Solomon could have had anything given to him at that moment, but he asked for wisdom to rule the nation. God seen the posture of his heart, and rewarded him more than what he asked for. He gave him wealth, possessions, and honor. The things that you and I would have asked for first!!!! Do you see the lesson? When your priorities are in order, and you put God first everything you need will come. All that other stuff will come. Just seek ye first the Kingdom of God, be the student, thirst after wisdom, yearn for knowledge, have a heart for His children, have a listening ear,  have an obedient heart, have a teachable spirit, pray without ceasing, rejoice in difficult times, rejoice over trial and error, renew your mind, and soak Him up, and you shall see the fruit of your labor! I challenge you to learn from Solomon. Examine his posture. Understand why he asked for such things. Understand why the Lord blessed him with more because of his response. 
 
Prayer:
 
Lord, I thank you for your wisdom and knowledge. I pray that you will envelop me with the gifts that you give to your children oh so freely. I pray that as I read your word that I will gain clarity and understanding.  I pray that you will teach me, guide me, and walk with me as I move forward in my calling. Search my heart oh Lord. Remove all impurities, and create in me a clean heart. Thank you Lord. I love you. In Jesus name, Amen!
 

FaithLenae Brooks