If you could have one wish granted, what would it be? (You can’t cheat and ask for more wishes, by the way…) Would it be for long life? Happiness? Wealth? Something else? If you could have anything imaginable, what would you choose?
Many of us would be tempted to focus on ourselves in a situation like this, though we might coat our request with altruistic reasons in our mind. Just think of all the good you could do if you were wealthy beyond compare! Or how many lives you could save if you became the most skilled surgeon in the world!
Solomon was offered a similar situation early in his life as King of God’s people. God visited him in a dream and invited Solomon to “ask what I shall give you.” Solomon could receive anything his heart desired from God in that moment. His response? An understanding mind:
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3:9
Faced with the daunting prospect of leading God’s people, Solomon knew he was not equipped to do it alone. The only way he would succeed was if God gave him a supernatural wisdom for governing His people. Solomon believed God would give him everything he needed to shepherd God’s people.
Where are you feeling overwhelmed in life right now? Is it your finances? Your work? Your family? Maybe it’s time to admit you aren’t up to the task of managing these issues on your own. Instead of trusting your own wisdom, we turn to God for an “understanding mind” that can “discern between good and evil” as Solomon did. God is eager to provide His wisdom to us—all we have to do is ask.