Vs. 9, “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?” God offered Solomon anything he desired, and Solomon asked for a discerning heart! Let’s backtrack for a moment; now that King Solomon has established his kingdom, the marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter was a political move to ensure good relations with their neighbors (vs. 1). Solomon had already married and Ammonite woman and had a baby boy (Rehoboam) by then. Some biblical scholars speculate Pharaoh’s daughter must have renounced her religion and turned to the God of Israel. Because the temple was not yet constructed, Solomon travels to Gibeon; an important location in Israel’s early history. While sacrificing at Gibeon, the LORD came to him in a dream. Much props to Solomon for his unselfish request! And the latter half of our chapter illustrates the wisdom God would give Solomon (vs. 16-28). What a wonderful example of King Solomon’s mercy to help judge a case between two lowly prostitutes. But most importantly, we see Solomon’s wisdom in his right judgment to ascertain who was telling the truth.
Regarding application…What Do You Want? Vs. 5, “At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” This past Sunday, we were reminded from Psalm 23, “…I shall not be in want.” Yet, here God is asking young Solomon ask me whatever you want. There is a difference between wanting something and needing something. However, in Solomon’s case; his wanting was something he actually needed. What a wonderful thought for us; when we walk with God, our desires/wants become aligned with God’s desires. A worldly person may want a car because it is new and has all the bells and whistles. A godly person may want a car because he/she wants to provide transportation for people to be able to come to church. Both do the same thing, but one has a much more godly intention. Take time to consider you “wants” and see if they align with what God’s word teaches us.