1 Kings 3:5-12
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.
Food for Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage is, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil.” An understanding mind is an interesting concept to think about. I think so many of our fights or struggles have started because of a misunderstanding. I, often times, think back upon my life and the arguments that I have had over the years, and all too often these disagreements occur because of a misunderstanding. Small misunderstandings can turn into BIG ones when anger is involved. Today, I encourage you to think about someone you have had a disagreement with recently. Is there a way you all can come to some kind of resolution? Can you seek to be more understanding of where that other person is coming from?
Understanding God, we are so grateful that you created us and you understand us. Guide us as we seek to be more understanding with others. Help infuse our lives with compassion, patience, love, gratitude, and forgiveness. Guide us as we extend understanding to all your children, not just the ones we want to. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.