Imagine if one night, God appeared to you, and told you to ask Him for whatever you wanted! What would your answer be?
- A trip to Disneyland?
- A new Games Console?
- A million pounds?
- An endless supply of chocolate?
- To marry someone really good-looking!
- A puppy or some kind of other pet
- A brand new wardrobe full of clothes and shoes
- Something else….
Well…this ACTUALLY happened to one of the Kings of Israel! The King’s name was Solomon – the son of King David!
And what do you think Solomon asked for?
The answer can be found in 2 Chronicles 1 verses 9-10:
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Solomon said to God, “You have dealt with my father David with great loving-kindness and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” – 2 Chronicles 1:9-10
Did you guess?
Solomon asked for WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE! Wise choice!!
Now this answer went down pretty well with God. God was pleased that Solomon hadn’t asked for riches or wealth or honour. And God was really pleased that Solomon hadn’t asked for the death of his enemies or even for a long life. And because God was pleased with Solomon’s request, guess what?
Not only did God grant Solomon’s request, BUT he also promised to give him MUCH MORE than he had asked for – Because that’s just what God is like! He loves to bless us beyond all than we can ask or imagine!
Wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. AND I will give you riches and wealth and honour, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed, nor those who come after you. – 2 Chronicles 1:12
King Solomon’s fame soon spread around the world. Kings and Queens came from afar to seek out his wisdom – and often they came bearing gifts! Solomon really did end up becoming incredibly rich! When the Queen of Sheba came to visit King Solomon, she brought with her the largest shipment of spices that’s ever been given.
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It’s really interesting to read about King Solomon’s Wisdom – find out more here:
- 1 Kings 4: 29-34
Here are some of the things that Solomon owned:
- Tons of gold and silver and precious stones.
- Vast storehouses filled with expensive spices
- Wardrobes full of costly garments
- The finest battle armour and horses
- Peacocks and apes
- All of his cups were made of gold – not one of them was made of silver.
- Silver was said to be as common in Jerusalem as stones on the ground!
It’s also really fascinating to read some of the details about Solomon’s riches – Find out more here:
- 1 Kings 10: 14-29
Solomon, by and large, wrote the book of Proverbs which can be found in the Old Testament. Proverbs is one of the bible’s wisdom books. The word ‘proverbs’ can be translated ‘steerings’ – in other words, a proverb contains advice to steer you in the right direction!
Here is a famous passage from Proverbs 3:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. – Proverbs 3 :5-7
But, more about Solomon later…