Read – 1 Kings 3
Focus on verse 5
I confess that there have been times when I have attempted to image what it would be like to be a jackpot lottery winner. To suddenly be the steward of hundreds of millions of dollars is something many desire and perhaps dream about, but what does this say about our heart?
In today’s reading God appears to Solomon in a dream and makes a rather open ended offer to Solomon.
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” (v. 5)
Solomon was given an opportunity by God to ask Him for whatever he wished, and God would provide it. He could have asked for wealth, for power, for fame, perhaps even for immortality, but he did not. He chose instead to ask for wisdom to rule God’s people justly and to govern with integrity. This reveals what is in Solomon’s heart at the time. His greatest desire to serve the Lord faithfully, and govern the people justly. This answer so pleases God that He agrees not only to give Solomon what he asked for, but to also give him wealth, prosperity and long life as well, though the long life part came with the caveat “if you will walk in my ways as your father David walked”.
Nothing reveals more clearly the condition of our hearts than when we have the opportunity to actually have what we really want. When we are given this choice, we often do not realize that it may well be a test. The Lord often tested those whom He trusted, not because the Lord didn’t trust them to make it through, but because we need to pass these tests to prove to ourselves that the Lord will give us what we need to walk with Him faithfully if we will but choose to trust Him. The test does not put something into our hearts that was not there before; it simply reveals what has been there all along.