This past Sunday, our children learned about Solomon and how God gave him wisdom. God came and found Solomon, which shows us that God knows what we need.
A quick reading of this passage, 1 Kings 3, will give you the idea that Solomon was a great guy, much like his father. And you’d be right… but he also had some of his father’s more dangerous flaws.
We learn pretty quickly that Solomon has some political savvy in that he immediately looks to seal an alliance with Egypt, still a powerful player in that area of the world, through marriage. We’d think that marriage to keep the peace is an ok deal – excepting the fact that God warned against this sort of thing because sharing a life together often means sharing a faith – or a couple of faiths in this case. We should also note that Solomon already has a penchant for visiting shrines – not all of them dedicated to the one, true God. In this regard, we are shown the two things that will bring Solomon down – his lust after women (which he inherited from his dad), and his fascination with foreign gods (which he did not get from his dad.)
It was at one of these shrines where God approaches Solomon and offers to give Solomon a blank check. What will Solomon ask for, we wonder. Riches? Long Life? Power? Security?
“Wisdom,” answers Solomon. Sure, if you read the passage, he’s much more eloquent. Despite my poor paraphrase, the fact is that God is pleased with his answer and gave him wisdom, along with all the other things. The long life bit comes with a catch – that Solomon would remain faithful as David did. Again, for all of David’s mistakes, being unfaithful to worshiping the one God was not one of them.
After this vision, Solomon jumped up and sprinted back to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Ark. Seems as though Solomon figured out where his loyalty needed to lie pretty quickly.
The rest of the chapter deals with Solomon’s effective, but troubling method of solving a court case involving two women. The world was a much more brutal place historically speaking.
God saw that Solomon needed wisdom and approached him. God often does that with us. Now, we may not always recognize what we need, but God does know what we need. Paul writes that the Spirit speaks for us in groans that words can’t express. In a way, that’s very comforting to know that my deepest needs are constantly being communicated to the Father.
When has God met your needs lately? How have you been surprised by God meeting your needs? Take some time and share around the dinner table times when God met your family’s needs.