Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad (1Kings 3:9, NKJV).
From this verse, Solomon looked up to God for direction. He took over from his father, David to rule the people. Solomon sought after God’s help before going to anyone else. Solomon’s prayer to god is a true reflection of self-less love. What does he say in the prayer?
He did not ask for long life, wealth and riches or death of his enemies. He instead asked for the spirit of discernment, justice and wisdom. And as the Lord promised He gave Solomon wisdom. And ever since then, there has not been anyone who asked as Solomon did.
On seeking, God Solomon was given more than he asked. God gave him wisdom and more of what he did not ask for; riches and honor.
When faced by situation or dilemmas, we turn to friends or family members for direction or help. Yes they love us and wish us all the best. However, we forget the One who loves us the most: GOD. His love has been with us for a longer time than that of family and friends. He loved us even before we were conceived; this is amazing. Yet at times we forget about Him.
We have put high preference on wealth and riches before God. The end results have not been pleasing. It has led to greed, corruption, hatred, backbiting and other evils. Seek the righteousness of God, seek God’s Kingdom, and we shall be rewarded abundantly just like Solomon. It is written:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:32, NKJV).
Prayer: Lord, give me a discerning spirit to govern my mind, my thoughts, my body and soul. Let them all bring praise to you and not myself. Give me a discerning spirit of distinguish between right and wrong. In Jesus name, AMEN.