1Ki 3:5 “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”
Basically, God gave Solomon a blank check. Solomon could have anything he wanted. What would you ask for if God gave you the same offer?
1Ki 3:6-8 “And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.”
1Ki 3:9 “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
Solomon was so humble. Instead of asking for great wealth or good health or selfish things, he asked for wisdom so that he would be a good ruler. This pleased the Lord.
How many people do we know that when they started out, started out on fire for God? They wanted to do right. They had guilt and shame and God took it away. They came to an altar and filled several tissues. How many times and how long after did that fade away? Pretty soon they start going to church less and less.
When you lose the wonder, you start to wander. When the glory of God has become common and we get used to the things of God, we start getting a little too comfortable. Having a humble beginning is only half the story. It’s just…the beginning. The last chapter of the book of your life has not come yet. It doesn’t matter how we begin, it matters more how we end.
It’s great to have zealousness, but do you keep it?
Don’t believe the lie ‘once saved always saved.’
We need a deep understanding of the Word of God. In the Word of God we gain knowledge of our own souls—and our desperate need for a Savior. Zeal alone is not enough. There are stories in Scripture about people with zeal that ended in disaster.
‘There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end leads to death’ (Proverbs 14:12).
There is a story in Scripture of a messenger who outran another, but in the end died at the feet of the king without telling the message. The second messenger wasn’t first, but he actually delivered the message!
The race is not to the swift, but he who endures to the end. It’s not humble beginnings, but how you end that matters.
Solomon was very humble when he began as king over Israel. He asked God for wisdom. What a beautiful request. He started out humble and got blessed.
The results of the blessings of God upon Solomon were wisdom, fame, riches, and building God’s first holy temple. Solomon enjoyed peace during his entire reign. In fact, many kings brought their daughters to him as wives for a peace treaty. He had today’s equivalent of $50 billion a year as tribute money. He had more wealth than he knew what to do with it.
Solomon got ensnared with the women and the people of other nations and their gods. In the beginning, Solomon wanted to know what was right and what was wrong. Unfortunately, Solomon didn’t ask for the desire to do only right. He asked only for knowledge. In the midst of all the fame, bling, and girls (He had 1000 wives and concubines. There were three women for every day of the year!), he lost his humility.
The knowledge of evil had become very apparent in Solomon’s day. You dabble in things that are not right thinking that you can conquer and keep it at bay. Can a man take fire into his bosom and not be burned? Can you have sin around you and it not vex your soul?
If you know right from wrong, choose right!
Walk right on this path until God calls you home. Solomon, shame on you! You had everything you needed, but you embraced that which was evil.
People in the occult, who worship Lucifer himself, some of the rites and ceremonies were written by Solomon. When he backslid, he backslid hard. Ecclesiastes was written by a bitter old man.
Solomon is not someone I would want to pattern my life after. I’d rather be like Paul who was broke, but sought after Jesus. Just give me what I need. “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain,” Proverbs 30:8-9 (KJV).
You can have the mansions, I want to walk with God. I want to make it to heaven.
Does being wise like King Solomon guarantee good choices? No. We have to choose right, not just know the difference between right and wrong. It’s not hard to live for God. It’s all about making the right choices. Keep your focus on Jesus and He will help you every moment of your life.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.