Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! (1 Kings 3:9-13 NLT)
A lot of people ask God to bless them with material things and wealth. Solomon asked God to bless him with discernment, so he could make good decisions between right and wrong in governing over God’s children. In return, God gave him more than what he asked for and blessed him with wealth and long life anyway! Why did God grant Solomon’s request? Maybe because Solomon asked for something that would help the Kingdom of God and didn’t ask for something that was self-gaining.
If God came to you in a dream as He did Solomon what would you ask Him for? Would it be the desires of your heart, the abundance of money, power or material things? Would it be for discernment, the wisdom of God’s Word, more love in your heart for all of your neighbors? Would you ask for more knowledge to lead God’s people, more compassion for all people, more strength to serve and more humility to give? Would you ask that your God-given talents be used to build God’s Kingdom and to be not used for your self-gain?
God is generous and wants to give his people good gifts. Like Solomon, he has come to us and said ask me and I will give to you. If you haven’t received more from God, maybe it wasn’t because you haven’t asked God for more. Instead, try asking God for less of what you want and more of what He wants you to do. Like Solomon, the Lord may bless you with His desires and yours. 🙂