Wisdom Quest

God talks to Solomon

1 Kings 3:5-15; Proverbs 3:14-15

Many times in the Bible, God spoke through dreams.  Jacob dreamt about a stairway to heaven.  Pharaoh dreamt about fat and lean cows and about cornstalks bowing down.  Daniel dreamt about four strange beasts.  In the New Testament, Peter dreamt about many types of animals in a cloth lowered from heaven.  As strange as these dreams may seem, God spoke through them – people’s lives were changed.  They sought to understand what God was saying.

We read in this week’s passage about Solomon having a dream, and his response was no different.  When he awoke to realize that he had truly encountered God, Solomon believed what God had spoken and accepted it as truth.

In a high-place named Gibeon, Solomon went to worship God.  God met him there in a dream.  Upon waking from the dream, Solomon saw his error in worshiping in the high-place and immediately went to the temple and worshipped before God’s mercy seat, the Ark of the Covenant.  Perhaps this was the first evidence that Solomon’s request for wisdom had been granted.

When Solomon asked God for wisdom, God was extremely pleased.  God gave Solomon what he did ask for, wisdom, but He also gave him what he didn’t ask for: wealth, fame, and a long life.  God blesses us all in different ways, and He truly loves it when we ask for wisdom.  James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  When we ask for wisdom, God’s answer is always yes!

God met Solomon in a dream on a mountain top.  Jesus met Bartimaeus on the side of the road.  Solomon and Bartimaeus were both asked the same question:  “What do you want?”  God is asking you the same question.  Through the Holy Spirit, God is always with us.  So whether you are on a mountain top, or the side of the road, how do you answer that question?

What do you want?  Wisdom like Solomon?  Sight like Bartimaeus?  Be honest, share your heart, and watch how God will change your life.