I KINGS 3:10: “It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: One little verse with so much meaning! It is difficult to read this verse and let it stand on its’ own. We always want to add the remaining parts where the Lord greatly blessed Solomon. We do this because we have been raised in a culture that focuses more on the temporal ramifications of our actions rather than the sheer intrinsic value of them. This verses really needs to stand alone. Why? Because Solomon made his request to the Lord without any ulterior motive. Also, because God’s pleasure was focused on Solomon’s original request. What happens next is really inconsequential. God was pleased, period.
Why was God pleased? Because Solomon sought the Lord for wisdom above all else. His request was not simply to be “smart”. Solomon’s request was for wisdom to govern the nation of Israel with the heart of God. He knew this task was beyond him. Without the wisdom of God Solomon knew that he did not stand a chance. God was pleased because Solomon chose to begin his rule – in the “fear of the Lord.” This is why Solomon wrote to his son –
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” (Proverbs 2:1-10 ESV)
If Solomon had approached the Lord with anything but a broken and contrite heart seeking the Lord’s wisdom, the Lord would not have been pleased. The Lord knows what is in our hearts. The Lord was pleased because Solomon’s heart was pure in his request. What is the condition of my heart as I approach the Lord? Do I seek for His Wisdom as hidden treasure – simply to know the Lord? Or, do I seek the Lord for His benefits? Am I secretly hoping for the windfall that Solomon received by the good hand of God? If there was no windfall – would I still seek the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength? Would the Lord still be pleased with my request?
Lord, this morning I do not want to seek You for what You can do “FOR” me. This morning I desire to seek You for who You are “IN” me. I want to know You, the fellowship of Your sufferings, and the power of Your resurrection – that I may attain unto the resurrection of the dead! I want to have a pure heart toward You so that I can have a pure heart toward others. If You bless me, than I will thank You. But, if no blessing ever came – I would still seek You! You are worthy to be praised, adored, and worshipped – simply because of who You are! Lord, be pleased with my request this morning. In Jesus Name!