Solomon's prayer for wisdom impressed God. It showed that Solomon cared more about properly leading God's people than he did about his own gain. Solomon believed that leadership was a privilege, and he did not want to get in the way of what God wanted to do through Israel. He realized he was young, and he knew he could not lead on his own. He looked to God for strength, and it was given to him. And God was so impressed with Solomon's request that He bestowed wealth beyond measure to Solomon. God doesn't ask His followers to be poor; He asks them to surrender everything to Him. Sometimes the result is poverty, but in the case of Solomon and his country, the results was God's abundant blessing. We should pray for wisdom more often… not necessarily for abundant wealth but for how to lead God's people in a way that honors Him.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.