Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
2 Chronicles 1:12
It is often interesting to hear how couples met. Can you imagine Solomon answering the question, “So how did your parents meet?” In order to be truthful, he would have to say that his father first saw his mother taking a bath on a roof top. He sent for her, and that was all she wrote. He would have to include the fact that she was married to another man at the time. Then, of course, he would have to add that his father had his mother’s husband killed because he had gotten her pregnant. Then for good measure, he could throw in the fact that the child was killed by God because of what happened. Not a typical, romantic story that you would want to share with your friends. However, it was Solomon’s story.
With all of this family drama, God still chose Solomon to lead Israel. It was a big job. But to help him out, God paid a visit to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted. Instead of wealth and riches or political strength, Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge so that he could do a good job.
God’s response to Solomon is where we find our scripture for today. Although this was a promise directly to Solomon and not a blanket promise to everyone, it does reveal the heart and nature of God. God was so impressed with his answer that He told him that He would give him wisdom and knowledge plus all of the stuff he didn’t ask for, like wealth, riches and honor. What does this reveal about God?
It appears that God did not have a problem with Solomon being wealthy. He did not have a problem with Solomon being honored among men. He did not have a problem with Solomon being very successful. God didn’t appear to have a problem with the fact that He chose Solomon to be king and that Solomon would not be perfect. In fact, the riches and wealth were going to attract Solomon to some things that would eventually turn Solomon’s heart away from God. God freely gave those things to Solomon, knowing that Solomon would make mistakes, and even with all of his wisdom, he would make some wrong choices.
The same can be said about us. With all of the anointing that we have, we still make wrong choices. There are consequences for those choices, but God never turns His back on us. Neither does His nature change towards us. The scripture tells us that God gives richly all things to enjoy and that He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants.
God gives me richly all things to enjoy. God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. Not only am I a servant of God but I am a child of God. I ask God for more wisdom and knowledge so that I can make better choices. I am so grateful for scriptures that reveal God’s heart. I, too, can have wealth, riches and honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.