(Solomon said), “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” – I Kings 3:9-10
Thanks to Walt Disney and others, we’ve all heard of the magic genie who grants you a wish or three for anything you want. I doubt most folks have ever asked themselves what they would ask for if they were given that opportunity. Why? Because it isn’t realistic.
Yet in today’s message, we have an example of the powerful LORD God himself – not some mere cartoon genie – offering Solomon anything he wanted. And for what did Solomon ask? He asked for a discerning heart, that he would have wisdom to govern God’s people. What a request!
It might be more impressive what he did not ask for. He didn’t ask for more wealth than he already had. He didn’t ask for continued health, that he might enjoy a long life on this earth. He didn’t ask for the death of his enemies so that his throne would be secured even more than it already was. He didn’t even ask for a trouble-free life. Instead he asked for wisdom.
We can learn from Solomon. We can place a high value on wisdom in the Lord, which starts with knowing, “There is a God; and I am not him.” We can set our hearts on carrying out the work the LORD has given us in a way that honors him. We can set our hearts on things above – the eternal promises of Jesus – and not on things below.
Prayer: Lord, earthly blessings are important, and you have given me too many of those to count. But today I ask you not for more money, better health, or a trouble-free life; instead I ask you to give me wisdom that I might have deep contentment with all you’ve given me, and make choices that honor you as my Savior. Amen.