What do you want?

Today’s Readings: 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21

Second Chronicles begins with Solomon taking control of his father’s kingdom. His ascension to the throne lacked the palace intrigue that appears in 1 Kings 1, where one of his older brothers attempted to seize the kingdom. That conflict may have been one of the reasons that he asked God for wisdom, as seen in 2 Chronicles 1:7.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

God was delighted by his request and gave him what asked, along with other things that he did not seek (power and wealth). How did Solomon come to trust God enough that he was not greedy or fearful in his request? Perhaps he learned it from his father, David, who wrote this in Psalm 16:2:

I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”

David trusted God for every good thing in his life. He honestly believed that every blessing had come from God and wrote about it here. This attitude enabled both David and Solomon to trust God to provide everything that they needed.

How does this apply today? Do I trust in things like Social Security, life insurance or my retirement savings for security? Do I trust in my own knowledge to satisfy the longings of my soul? Do I trust my house and the utility companies to protect me from harm? These are all good things, but if I put them ahead of my trust in God (or in place of my trust in God), do they then become idols?