A humble wish
1 Kings 3:5-14 – At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The definition of humility is the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance. Now, as King I assume Solomon had pretty much every right to feel very important and high in the food chain. He was blessed not only by his father but also God at birth. He was on the throne of a great kingdom – so many eyes looked up at him.
But Solomon had learned one of the most valuable traits in life – humility. When God approached him in a dream, Solomon responded humbly. When God asked him what he wanted, his response was for wisdom so that he could prosper on the throne of the kingdom he was given. He refers to himself as only a little child, and recalls how great God has been and still is.
I think that’s where God wants all of us – in a position of humility. He wants us to realise that we’re only His children, in desperate need of more of His knowledge, power, peace, love and provision. He wants us to know that we need only Him.