Some things I love about 1 Kings 3…
Solomon has just become king, and he doesn’t know what to do, how to govern. He’s seeks God by offering sacrifices in one of the local worship places. The only problem with that is, God had only ordained certain places of worship as ones where the people could make sacrifices. So, though Solomon’s heart for God was sincere, the way he chose to seek God was “sinful”.
What I love about that is, God, though he never condoned the sinful approach, chose to answer Solomon anyway. Not at the “worship service”, but that night…in a dream.
THE DREAM - HEARING
That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied, “You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted. Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:5-9
11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
But…wait for this next verse…
15 “Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream”.
Let’s pause there for a moment. I don’t want to assume what Solomon was thinking when he woke up and realized it was all a dream. Perhaps it was so crystal clear, and he felt God’s presence so strongly that he had no doubt that it was “real”. But what if that wasn’t how he felt? My guess is that in his “human-ness”, he felt like any of the rest of us would have felt. The feeling of, well...that was powerful,..and weird, weird that I would have even remembered my dream….but, it was a DREAM.
So, what I love is how God gives confirmation…
“Some time later…” is how verse 16 starts out. We don’t really get any indication of how much later, just that it’s after the dream happened. And I’m not going to launch into details of the situation that happened “sometime later” though I do encourage you to read about it in 1 Kings 3:16-27. But just know this, “sometime later” God sent Solomon a situation that he had to govern. He was so wise in how he governed it, that …
28 “When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.”
Solomon sought God, He heard from God, and God confirmed what he had told him by “proving” his wisdom.
So what about us? Time and time again throughout the Bible we see how God lives in relationship with his people…with you…with me…if you, like me, already have a relationship with Jesus, then let’s continue to walk out our days with Him. If you don’t have this kind of a relationship with Jesus, then I encourage you to seek Him.
If you’re interested in what a modern day relationship with the creator of the universe looks like, then read this, a story I shared about how God met me personally through this passage of scripture.
Blessings on your journey,