1 Kings 3: Seeking the Lord

This entry is part 184 of 188 in the series 365 Key Chapters of the Bible

Solomon established his throne and soon afterward the LORD came to him and said, “Ask what you wish me to give” (1 Kings 3:5) It’s unclear whether there was a cause-and-effect relationship between Solomon’s devotion to the LORD expressed previously (see verses 3–4) and the command given to him now. Whatever the case, this question is similar to the one Jesus asks those who were following him, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38), and is a question we all must answer. 

Seeking Wisdom

In Solomon’s case he asks God for the wisdom to rule the children of Israel with justice. He does not seek wealth, long life, or for victory over his enemies, but to be able to discern justice. We know the story Solomon—his faults and failures. We know that compared to all the kings of Israel he is the one who did the most of what God forbid kings to do (cf. Deuteronomy 17:14–20). He accumulated wealth, women, and power. But at this moment, he humbled himself and recognized what he needed most to rule his people well, to know justice. He recognized how little he knew, and Who could give him what he needed.

The Grace of God

God always acts with grace towards his people. Even though Solomon did things he should not do, the text records that “Solomon loved the LORD” (1 Kings 3:3). He wasn’t perfect, and neither are we. Like Solomon we can ask wisdom from the LORD, and seek Him. Of course, we should not expect a visitation such as the one Solomon received, but God’s promises are secure. He’s given us His Word which is a wellspring of wisdom and insight. But in the end, we have to ask ourselves, what is it do I seek

What Should We Seek?

Jesus tells us something about what we should seek: 

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

Solomon sought wisdom from the LORD, and being pleased with his request God granted his request and then gave him more (1 Kings 3:13). We are to seek God’s kingdom. We are to be concerned about the things of God, and not worry about anything else. God will make sure we have what we need to accomplish His will and purpose.

This teaching is based on Ken Boa’s Handbook to Scripture

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