All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to execute justice. 1 Kings 3:28
It is a story that is familiar to many of us: God allowed Solomon to request anything the young king wanted in life, and Solomon requested wisdom to rule the Hebrew people. Solomon could have asked for anything in the world—anything and everything he might have desired for himself—but, instead, he asked for something that would benefit others, and God enthusiastically honored Solomon’s request.
Solomon’s request was deeply pleasing to God, because Solomon thought first of others when presented with the opportunity to have whatever his heart desired. As a result, Solomon’s wisdom became legendary, and God blessed Solomon’s life beyond measure. When we put others’ needs before our own, God is pleased, and out of that pleasure flows immense blessing.
If you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for?
Lord, I don’t like to admit this…but I am in the habit of thinking first of myself. When I do think of others, it is only when I have carefully weighed and considered the cost to myself. This is not the way You want life to be—it is not the way I want my life to be. Grant me wisdom, for I need it dearly. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.