Read: 1Kings 3:1-28; 4:29-34
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!” 1 Kings 3:5
This chapter of 1Kings is about Solomon asking the Lord for wisdom. And in some Bibles is titled as such. Scripture tells us that Solomon loved the Lord and served Him. One particular night Solomon offered 1000 burnt offerings at Gibeon. We don’t have the details of the offerings in this chapter, but if you remember from devotions, there is LOT OF WORK involved in EACH offering – 1000 in one night?!! Solomon had to be wiped out and God had to be pleased.
So, as you can imagine, Solomon gets home and he crashes. He’s having a fabulous nights’ sleep including wonderful dreams. In one of his dreams God speaks to Him. The Matthew Henry Commentary tells us,
“Silence and retirement befriend our communion with God. His kindest visits are often in the night, Ps. 17:3. 3. The manner. It was in a dream, when he was asleep, his senses locked up, that God’s access to his mind might be the more free and immediate. In this way God used to speak to the prophets (Num. 12:6) and to private persons, for their own benefit, Job 33:15, 16. The gracious offer God made him of the favour he should choose, whatever it might be, 1 Kgs. 3:5. He saw the glory of God shine about him, and heard a voice saying, Ask what I shall give thee.”
Has God ever spoken to you, while you slept, in the form of a dream? It has happened to me on several occasions. Sometimes it’s loud and clear, sometimes it’s more “parable like”. I love what Matthew Henry says about our senses being locked up so that God’s access to our minds could be more free and immediate. Our God is so awesome! He created us – of course he knows the best time to speak to our hearts!!
What an amazing question! “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
If you were dreaming and God asked you that, how would you respond?? Healing for a loved one, a new car, house, or job? More money, more technology, an iphone? Weight loss? More children, more hours in the day, more days in the week? Lots of things go through our minds.
Solomon could have responded with a grocery list of wants. Instead, he chose to begin by thanking God for His goodness to his father. He then confesses that he needs God’s help in leading his people. “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.” An understanding heart – we all need that. We just haven’t thought much about it. As leaders at church, work, or in the home; as friends, husbands and wives – an understanding heart can change everything. What a simple, enormous prayer.
Well, of course the Lord is very pleased with Solomon’s request. He promises this to Solomon, “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— 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! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! “
Wow – what a blessing! There is no one greater than our God.
Lord help me to seek an understanding heart every moment of every day. Thank you that you know what is best for me and that your desire is to bless me much more than I deserve. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.