Many people know that Solomon wrote three different books in the Bible, namely Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. He was able to do because of his much knowledge and wisdom, which people of many different cities relied on. But how did he gain so much wisdom and knowledge? Well, 2 Chronicles, chapter 1 answers this question so that everyone would know it came from God. Solomon was made king of Israel after David, his father died. And after his dad died he had big shoes to fill, for David loved the Lord so much and people of all Israel knew this about him. However, God saw something special in Solomon also, and for this reason, he 1“was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.” (2 Chronicles 1:1) It was because God was with Solomon that he also sought to do God’s will at the beginning of his reign also. We can see this because in the first recorded thing that Solomon did, after speaking to the people, was to go 1“up thither to the brasen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.” (2 Chronicles 1:6) Was this well received before God, you may ask? Well, you will see in the next verse, for it was 1“In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.” (2 Chronicles 1:7) Wow, this is exactly what Jesus said also when he said, 2“ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7,8) Do you believe what the Lord Jesus said? Remember what he said, for Jesus wants us to come to him in prayer and ask Him things.
Every person that asks of the Lord, will gain different spiritual gifts like Solomon did. All he wanted was to gain wisdom and enough knowledge to judge the people, which God was happy about. So 1“Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” (2 Chronicles 1:8-12) My friends, God did deliver what Solomon desired, for it pleased Him. And because he didn’t want anything else, God blessed him abundantly with not just wisdom and knowledge. He was given all the money and honor that a king would ever want. So does God still work like this? He sure does. If your heart is in the right place with God and your desires are sincere, you will gain the gift that you desire, along with even more blessings, which will pour down upon you. The Lord just desires that we acknowledge Him and trust that He will answer our prayers. Then He will respond in our favor like He did with Solomon and David in his lifetime.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I know that You desire for every believer to come to You in prayer often. However, so many people are glued to their phone, tablet, computer, TV, gaming consoles, and other frivolous things. When asked if people are reading the Bible daily or praying often, they often come up with excuses, instead of an emphatic yes. This is really sad to witness, especially when family members complain about me reading the Bible with them. Who is it for me, who loves the Lord with all my heart, mind, and strength, to think that people want to ignore You God, who profess to believe in You. This really breaks my heart, God. I wish I could just wake them up from their slumber. Too many people are living for the world are in sin, when they ought to be living for You instead. Oh, how this generation is different from years past, where people used to look to You in faith, even each day of their lives. Where now people are mostly inclined to seek You on the weekends only. Lord, if people would just know that You are waiting to bless their lives, then maybe they would want to give You a chance. I do not wish to see people die in their sins and one day say, Lord, Lord, haven’t we done all these great and many things in Your Name? To these people, who wish to justify their salvation come judgment day, has really missed the mark of seeking You while they had breath. You have taught me that it doesn’t matter if I’ve read the Bible, prayed for many people, and even healed them through Your Name. What matters is what we are doing now for You. This is what matters most. So, Lord, I come to You now and ask for Your guidance and direction. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may know the right path to follow. I wish to be fruitful for Your kingdom in this life, and no longer give allegiance to things that don’t matter come death. It is to do Your will that I wish this and not my own. I love You more than anything else. I trust in You, God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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