He is overwhelmed by the task before him. Solomon has just become king and has consolidated the kingdom under his rule. When God appears to him in a dream, we learn about Solomon’s heart. God tests him by asking, “Ask what you wish Me to give you (1 Kings 3:5).”
When we are overwhelmed by life, it often reveals what’s in our heart. God is ever present, telling us to ask him what we wish him to do. He is steadfast, wanting us to share what’s on our heart. How Solomon responds to God is instructive on how we should respond to God encouraging us to reach out in prayer to Him.
In 1 Kings 3:6-15 Solomon reveals his response. In verse 6, he reflects on what God has done for his father David and for him. He counts his blessings, remembering God’s faithfulness. Then he humbles himself before God, admitting, “I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in (7).” Solomon shares the overwhelming nature of the task before him of ruling over “a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted (8).” He asks for God’s wisdom, not his own: “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours (9)?”
When you feel overwhelmed, follow Solomon’s approach. Reflect on how God has blessed you, how he has brought you to this moment. Humble yourself before God and open your heart to him about your insecurities and doubts. Know that you don’t have to handle it alone. Ask God to give you His wisdom to discern between good and evil and an understanding of His will for your life.
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