Solomon’s wealth: comparatively distasteful

> O LORD God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”
> God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
> 2 Chronicles 1:9-12

Solomon was given everything, not because he figured out the magic, secret, correct thing to ask for, but because he found the other things comparatively distasteful. His heart broke in humility at the task given to him and he found faithful stewardship of that task more precious than gold, victory in battle, long life, or anything else.

You cannot trick God into giving you gold by asking for wisdom.

> “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” James 4:3

> “The Lord gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

> “[Wisdom] is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” proverbs 3:15





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