A Humble Heart Asks What Benefits Others

Why did God give Solomon wisdom? Listen to him speak to God after He had asked the new king what he wanted. After speaking of his father David, Solomon said, “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in,” showing that Solomon knew he lacked ability to lead.
“And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted,” showing that Solomon recognized he served a cause greater than himself.
“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?” (1 Kings 3:7–9), showing that Solomon did not ask for anything for self-gratification, but what he wanted was something that would benefit God’s people.
Now approach God with the same thoughts for the things you request, and see what He does.

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