Weekly Spiritual Digest: Solomon The Wise–Asking For A Heart of Understanding

English: Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, ...
English: Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, as in 1 Kings 6, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied,

“You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around….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! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet. (1 Kings 3:5-15 NLT)

King Solomon, the son of David–mentioned in all Holy accords such as the Bible, the Hidden Words and the Qur’an–was considered a great king of Israel. Not only did he obtain an immense amount of wealth and power, but his wisdom was like no other in the world–“The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart” Hebrew Bible (1 Kings 10:24). It is unfortunate that King Solomon did live up to his name during his last days on Earth, but his humble beginnings (in this passage) does reminds us that Wisdom and Compassion are more valuable than riches and fame.

In the world today, we see very few leaders that carry the wisdom or discernment of King Solomon; although he did not either during his last days on Earth. However, what we can learn from this is that the desires of the Earth stray us from the divine gifts of God which is Wisdom. Remember that King Solomon was not revered for his earthly treasures nor influence among men, but his Wisdom–a gift which God still reveres as valuable. And more importantly when we seek Wisdom, we should do so with Humility.

Ask for an understanding heart and seek the things that are not of this Earth.


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