Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 1, 2, 3
In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7, NASB95)
God appears to Solomon and commands him to ask and He will give it to him. This verse may appear to visually parallel modern day fables of Alladin and a genie’s wish, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. This story about Solomon is a model for all of us.
- Rather than asking for all the things that would make his life easier, he asks for knowledge and wisdom so that he can be a successful king. God commends him for his request and promises him all the things that he didn’t ask for as well (2 Chron. 1:11-12).
- Solomon shows humility in his request, and also in his coming to God, he acknowledges that he is like a little little child (1 Kgs. 3:6-7).
- We may think that Solomon was so lucky to have God make him such an offer, but actually God makes the same offer to all of us. Jesus commands his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7; cf. Jn. 14:13). He also tells them, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” This sounds a lot like God’s response to Solomon.
- Solomon asks God according to God’s will, rather than for his own pleasure. James tells us to ask for wisdom, and that we have not because we ask not, or our will is amiss (Jm. 1:5; 4:2-3). John teaches us that if we ask anything according to His will, “we have the requests” (1 Jn. 14-15).
1 Chronicles 1:1 reminds the reader that it was God who was with Solomon and exalted him greatly. We need to remember that God is the one who blesses us and gives us success. We owe what we are and do to God; our boast should be in the Lord alone (1 Cor. 1:30-31). What are you asking from the Lord? Do you come with humility? Is it according to His will?