“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:7-9
Ooh, Solomon, I sure feel ya on this one. Young and inexperienced? Yep. Always a little overwhelmed? Definitely. Reliant on the goodness and faithfulness of our God? ALWAYS.
To drop this passage into context, here’s what’s happening: King David, one of Israel’s first ever kings, has just died. After some familial drama, his son Solomon inherits the throne and God decides to give our homeboy whatever he wants. He shows up to Solomon in a dream and literally says “Ask for whatever you want.” So Solomon asks for wisdom because he has some mighty shoes to fill and he knows he’s gonna need it. There are a ton of people out there who are looking to him to lead them well, and he recognizes that he needs God’s help to carry out his responsibilities.
We probably aren’t ruling kingdoms, but we are certainly helping lead the Kingdom. Every day each of us has the chance to create and contribute to the glorious Kingdom that Jesus is establishing here on earth. We get to be Kingdom people, princes and princesses in our own right, adding to the goodness, glory, love and joy that Jesus desires for every single one of us and everyone we know.
And guess what? The same gift available to Solomon is available to us too. God gave Solomon wisdom in abundance. The books that Solomon helped write (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes) are called wisdom literature. This guy got a whole section of the Bible named after the gift God have him! And we have the chance to say yes to this very same gift!
James 1:5 tells us that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Did you catch that? It will be given to you. I think sometimes we read Bible stories and completely forget that the God written about ages ago is alive and actively working in our lives today. It’s not like the Biblical writers had access to God 1.0 and we ended up with the sequel. The same goodness, grace, power and majesty displayed so evidently in the pages of the Bible is present with us right this very second!
So let’s not say no! Let’s say a resounding YES to wisdom, to the power to know between right and wrong and choose better, today. All we’ve gotta do is ask. There’s a Kingdom to lead, there’s people who need to be loved and there’s goodness waiting for all of us.