God does focus on those who are humble and seek the fear of the Lord: Lord will establish the throne of His kingdom. He gives wisdom and understanding to keep the Law of the Lord in building the kingdom of God.
“Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understand, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord. Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfill the statues and and judgements which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong and of good courage; dread not nor be dismayed.” 1 Chronicles 22:12-13
Unequivocally, we need the Holy Spirit to direct in building the kingdom of God. Wisdom of the Lord is essential for guidance in our personal lives as well. Without God we can do nothing–we are lost and on a ship bound for disaster. Solomon and his writing are a great examples of how God will give wisdom and bless abundantly when our request are pure in heart and focused on the mission we were called to accomplish.
In this passage we see that Solomon prays for wisdom.
“In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream that night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on; his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou has chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understand and heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great people?” 1 Kings 3:5-9; 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
The Scripture also delineate that Solomon is a little child in his own eyes. This passage delineates that he experienced humility and dependence upon Jehovah, and for this reason God loved him and gave the privilege of asking anything he wanted to.
This sets the pattern for all who desire to please God and be blessed by Him. Solomon desired gifts that would best qualify him for his work and calling in life. Too often men pray for gifts which, they think, will make them great in the eyes of others. They want to imitate the greatness of some other man and they are not called to qualified for that particular work.
If were to fast forward the time in western culture, question would be:
- Are we established by our toys?
- Is it a self-absorbed to think that, the more you have, the prosperous you are?
It is important to check our motives that they are not selfishness and for self-gratification. We must hear from God and decide the cause– the chief desire of Solomon was to be his best by divine inspiration and gifts to judge this, so great people.