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Solomon lay resting comfortably on the cushioned bed in the shadows of his tent. The full moon shone down across the city of Gibeon, penetrating through the canvas of the king’s tent and casting a glow over his handsome face. The camp had long since settled into quietude though the scent of smoke still lingered in the air from the many sacrifices offered to the Lord throughout the day.
Solomon rolled over on his bed as a dream overcame him and suddenly he saw before him the luminous form of the Lord.
“Ask for what I should give you.” said the warm, golden voice.
An Understanding Heart
Now what would you have requested if the Lord had just told you to ask for anything you wanted? Likely most of us would feel like Aladdin after rubbing the lamp and go hog-wild running through the list of things we wanted most. However, Solomon didn’t treat God’s offer like a drive thru. He didn’t ask for a billion dollars, a large cup of fame, and a side order of good looks.
The Lord said, “Ask for what I should give you.” (1 Kings 3:5)
And what do you think Solomon asked for but an understanding heart.
Perhaps if we spent more time asking the Lord for wisdom and understanding instead of material things, our lives would be less complicated.
It’s been said that the best defense is a good offense. Sometimes we humans will just go about our business and try to tackle our problems by ourselves.
Then when all else fails we turn to the Lord and say, “Alright, I’ve tried everything; I can’t fix it maybe you can.”
Isn’t it ironic how we rely on our feeble human abilities and then go to the Lord, the omnipotent creator of the universe, as a last resort? What we should do is ask the Lord to play offense for us, go to Him in prayer in the beginning, even before we’re faced with problems, and, like Solomon, request an understanding heart. Then maybe we’d find that all the difficulties and dilemmas of life, aren’t really so difficult. After all, when we’ve got God as our offensive line, what problem can’t we tackle?
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Dear Lord, help us to rely on you,
Give us the help only you can impart,
Let us live always with our trust in you,
And give us wise, understanding hearts.