Asking like Solomon

Yesterday, we talked about what to ask God for. Here’s one thing that we learn from Solomon, in a story from 1 Kings.

1. We can ask for the resources to do the work God has given us.

Solomon was the king of Israel. It was a big job. But any leadership role, whether leading a country or leading a conversation, requires wisdom.

  • Who’s telling the truth: Jim or Jason or both or neither?
  • Who’s going to be hurt most by the decision?
  • Who will benefit most from the decision?
  • What will help people now AND tomorrow?

These are tough decisions we all face.

And when God asks Solomon what he wants most, Solomon says, “wisdom”. He has to make a lot of life and death decisions. It’s the work that God’s given him. And for the decisions he asks for wisdom.

All of us can ask for wisdom, James says. But there may be other things God would love to have us ask for.

  • Enough patience to care for our kids, or our parents who cannot always remember.
  • Enough peace to face the surgery.
  • Enough courage to have difficult conversations.
  • Enough of the right words and fewer of the wrong words.
  • Enough self-restraint to be willing to rest.
  • Enough strength to care for widows and orphans, and enough vision to see where they are.
  • Enough self-control to invest time rather than spend it.

DadGod honored Solomon’s request for wisdom. God told Solomon that he’d get some of the personal things he didn’t ask for. And I know that Solomon got in trouble for not exercising wisdom in his own life.

But the starting point we can learn is to look at what we’re called to do, and ask God for what we need to do it.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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