An Understanding Heart


God not only was pleased to fulfill Solomon's request, He was also happy to give him additional blessings.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 3-4

Key Verse: 1 Kings 3:9

Therefore give to your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?

Solomon had a great start to his reign, but he did not finish well. He did, however, make one of the most important requests that anyone could make of God. God offered him anything he desired. He could have chosen wealth, fame or long life, but instead he considered others by asking for wisdom. Solomon’s deep love for God is evident. He deeply appreciated the fact that his father David, for most of his life, had served the Lord God faithfully. How would we respond given a similar opportunity by God? Because Solomon asked selflessly, God was not only pleased to fulfill his request but also to give him the other blessings he had not requested.


Dear Lord God, because of Your love for me, You have offered me, in the promises I find everywhere in the Bible, many blessings. Grant me a selfless attitude, an outlook on life that is “others” centered. May I focus on Your will and not mine. I pray these mercies in Jesus’ Name. Amen!


I would like to simply rejoice with Solomon, but I know what is coming later in his life. It could have been so different if he had made the right choices consistently. I’m reminded of a comment the Apostle Paul made to the Galatians. He wrote, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). God has blessed me greatly with His Salvation in Jesus Christ, with a wonderful family and with many ministry opportunities. I must be so very careful in my senior years. It would be so easy to sit on the couch watching TV and be inundated by the world, the flesh and the devil. Oh, it wouldn’t be deliberate on my part, but ever so gradually, spiritual strength would drain away, leaving me weak and almost helpless in the face of life’s challenges. I am more determined than ever to make the right choices, to pray fervently each day, to read God’s Word each day and to share Jesus as the opportunity arises. It would be fine if my epitaph read, “He ran well, and he kept on running well!”

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