1 Kings 3, 4; Proverbs 1
Focus Verse: And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. – 1 Kings 3:7
Before Solomon could ask God for wisdom and understanding, he had to admit that he didn’t yet have what he was asking for.
He had been made king in place of his father, David, who was both a warrior and a beloved leader of Hebron and Jerusalem. Yet despite his crown and his throne and his power, Solomon felt like “a little child.” He wasn’t confident that he knew how to lead God’s great people. And for this reason, he asked for help. He asked to be given an understanding mind and a heart to discern between good and evil so that he could govern well.
Have you been given a position or placed in a situation where you aren’t quite sure what to do or how to handle it? Don’t try to bury that feeling. Admit it to God and ask for His help. He is willing and ready and able to help you with whatever you need.
Do you lack confidence? Ask God to give you an appreciation for your own abilities or qualities.
Do you lack skills? Ask God to give you the ability to do whatever it is you need to do well.
Do you lack wisdom? Ask God to give you some, and He, “who gives generously to all without finding fault,” will give you wisdom.
Solomon would never have been the wisest person to ever live if he had not admitted his limitations to God and asked Him for help in overcoming them. Likewise, you will never receive the help you need from God if you never admit your inadequacies, doubts, and weak points to Him. It is never about what you can do or can’t do, but always about what God can do for you, with you, and through you.