10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.
When “blind” Bartimaeus, who is begging by the side of the road, is asked by Jesus, “What do you want me to do for you?” He answers, “I want my sight” (Mark 10:51) He could have asked for money; instead he receives his sight and the gift of following Jesus. When Solomon asks God for wisdom, he receives wisdom and the wealth he did not ask for. Solomon’s words clarify what both he and God mean by “wisdom”. John Goldingay writes, “The key to wisdom or discernment lies in having a listening mind, in submitting one’s thinking to God’s way of thinking. The key to having the “mind of Christ” is in our listening to the wisdom of God revealed in his Word, the Bible (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.