A Devotion Based on 1 King 3:1-28 ; 4:20-34

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5)

At that moment, Solomon had just become king and God appeared and asked him what he want. If God gave me a chance to ask for whatever I want, my answer would be “I don’t know”. There are so many things in life that I want. Fortunately, Solomon was not me. Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.

Because Solomon had not ask for the worldly things that human beings generally ask for, God granted his request.

“And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” (1 Kings 3:13)

When I first started thinking about serving and being a part of a church ministry, my biggest concern was always my little knowledge in Christianity and the bible. Even though I grew up in a Catholic school, religion was never my strong forte. I realized at that time, I needed to pray for something and one of the main things that I asked for was for God to let me enhance my knowledge and help me manage my time so I can read the bible and understand it.

It did not work out well in the beginning. Let alone understanding the content, I still struggle to have spare time to read the bible. After reading one of the most well-known passages in the Bible, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33), I realized I was doing everything all wrong.

I had not put my priorities in the right order. I was looking for some spare time while I was suppose to put God at the top of my priority list instead. So I rearranged my whole schedule: I woke up earlier and started my day with reading the bible instead of looking for a spare time to read it.

Solomon made it really clear that he had set his priorities right. Through his request, Solomon has shown that he is walking with God by putting God first. When we put God first, our lives will automatically find its proper balance. Because everything else will then fall into its proper place.