Soon after I was born again I ran across a few verses in the 1st chapter of James which said, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Me being fresh and new in the faith I simply believed what this verse said without hesitation. Everyday I prayed for God to open my eyes and help me to understand his Word and everyday I read the Bible.
As I studied wisdom in the early part of my walk with God I came across a story in 1 Kings about a young Solomon and his request from God. It is told that God came to Solomon and asked him what he wanted saying, “Ask what you wish me to give you.” Solomon understandably so was amazed and humbled by this to the point of overflowing with thanksgiving and rightly so.
Solomon’s answer to this question is where the light came on for me. He told God “So give your servant an understanding heart to judge you people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?” On the front end of this request is a simple prayer for wisdom, but the real insight comes when you discover why he wants the wisdom. You see he isn’t asking for wisdom for a long life, or for riches for himself or for the life of his enemies. Solomon seems to have already gotten hold of God’s heart because he asked for wisdom to be for others. This is the heart of God.
The scripture says, “It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.” When Solomon’s request was focused on how he could be for others God smiled and said “That’s my boy!” He gets it! He understands my heart and how I operate therefore I will give him what he wants and more. God then proceeds to give him “both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.”
I suppose the lesson for me today is if our hearts and minds are focused on being for others we are pleasing to the Lord and there is nothing he will withhold from us. He wants to bless us but it is really so we can turn and be a blessing to others. The heart of God is–loving others and thinking of them more than ourselves. I don’t know about you but for me that takes the supernatural.