Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
Proverbs 20:15

When God appeared to Solomon shortly after he ascended the throne of His father David he said, “Ask me anything you want.” Solomon could have asked for many things such as the early death of his enemies, long life or riches. Instead, recognizing his own limitations to meet the responsibilities associated with the high office he had received as successor of David, king of Israel, he asked only discernment to govern God’s people and to be able to distinguish between good and evil. This request was pleasing to God and it was granted, but God granted the other things that Solomon could have asked but did not. So he gave him a wise and discerning heart and also gave him riches and splendor like no other man had ever had. The word of God tells us that “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.”[1]

Solomon’s request was made with lots of wisdom and understanding and God provided with abundance in everything that Solomon already had. The same happens today with the children of God. The Lord Jesus left us to seek first the kingdom of God and all other things (food, drink and clothing, etc.) would be added. Let’s not ask, God therefore the things that he already has prepared for his children. Let us pray for wisdom to seek and extend the kingdom of God and let us not worry about tomorrow. When God sees that our heart is willing to obey him and follow his direction, he will give us everything necessary to carry out the task entrusted to us. God will give us something far more valuable than gold and precious stones. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Kings 4:29-30

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