Not long after Solomon takes the throne as king of Israel, God appears to Solomon in a dream and says: “Ask! What shall I give you?” If God were to ask you that question, what is the first things that comes to mind that you would ask God to give you? Good health, long life, riches, fame, for a wayward child to come back to Christ, a promotion? Would you ask God to wipe out your enemies or seek revenge for a wrong done?

When God asked, “What shall I give you?” Solomon could have asked for anything

Solomon could have asked for anything. However, he asked for nothing from a selfish perspective. Perhaps now that he sat on the throne, the weight of the responsibility weighed on him. Solomon asked for nothing for himself except for God’s wisdom in leading and guiding God’s people. His requests marks a cultural change from a strong military nation to one of peaceful values. Solomon asked God to give him the ability to discern good and evil and to make him a ruler with a wise and obedient heart. When God said, “What shall I give you?” Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.

If God were to ask you, “What shall I give you?” would you ask for wisdom or some other virtue? Or would you ask for something more self-seeking, such as riches, long life, or fame?

God was pleased with Solomon’s response to “What shall I give you?”

God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted what he asked for. Verses 10-12 says, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked for riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words.; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.” But wait! There’s more! God was so pleased with Solomon’s answer to “What shall I give you?” that God didn’t stop there. Solomon also received what he didn’t ask for.

Solomon also received what he didn’t ask for

In verse 13, God continues and says, “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” Still God didn’t stop, but His final gift to Solomon had a condition placed on it. In verse 14, God says, “So if you walk in My ways, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

God’s blessings always include the condition of our obedience.

God delights in giving us wisdom

We can know that God delights to give us wisdom when we truly seek it. Proverbs 2:6-8 says: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;  he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,  guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.” And in James 1:5 we find, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” So if you are struggling with knowing what you should do, God is asking, “What shall I give you?” Ask him for wisdom.

How wise was Solomon?

So just how wise was Solomon? 1 Kings 4:29-34 describes Solomon this way: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.”

The Bible also tells us that Solomon “spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.”

Did Solomon end as well as he began?

Solomon began well, as his humble request for wisdom shows, but later in his reign he would disobey God and it would cost him the majority of the kingdom. However, because of God’s mercy and promise to David, it would not occur in Solomon’s reign, but in the reign of Solomon’s son. Extending even more mercy, God would allow one tribe from the whole nation to remain.


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