1 Kings 3:5b reminds us, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon was young when he became king over Israel. He called himself “a little child” and admitted to God that he did not know how to carry out his duties as king. His lack of experience as monarch drove him into the presence of the Lord. There he discovered the attributes of God that he lacked to be an effective instrument of God to the people. He discovered his poverty in wisdom and discernment, so God obliged him, “I will give you a wise and discerning heart” (1Kings 3:12).
God equips His servants with a portion of His nature so they can carry out their ordained responsibilities: Moses received the words of God, David a contrite heart, and Solomon wisdom and discernment. Jesus was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). God knows human nature lacks the divine essentials necessary to carry out His purpose; He shows us our lack so we will seek Him. That search will bring us to Christ and Christ will share all that belongs to Him in God with us, so we can participate in the ministry of the Incarnation.
Like Solomon, ask for what you lack of God’s attributes and He will give them to you.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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