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What You Have Not Asked

“And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” 1 Kings 3:11-13 
 
Sometimes, we read Scripture like it’s a collection of wise sayings and lofty ideas. It is, but it’s also real and practical and life-giving for today. We know the first part of Eph. 3:20 forward and backward “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…”
 
So, God can do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. It’s a great concept. Believe it? Not just as a quote or to print on a t-shirt or coffee mug, but in our real, walking around lives?
 
A great example of this “above and beyond” God is found in 1 Kings 3, when Solomon was given the opportunity to ask God for anything, and he asked for an understanding mind and discernment. And God was pleased. He gave Solomon a wise and discerning mind, the likes of which have never been seen before or since. Then He did the “far more abundantly.” He gave Solomon what he had not asked for – riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare. We see this fulfilled in future chapters (1 Kings 3:28, 1 Kings 4:29, 1 Kings 5:12, 1 Kings 10:23, etc.).
 
How about you? Remember, God’s wisdom is available for believers for the asking (James 1:5). Who knows? He says He can do even more than we ask. Let’s believe it.

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Got Wisdom?

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.” 1 Kings 3:9-10
 
No matter how much we know or how high a position we hold, it seems we will never be smart enough for everything life throws at us. In 1 Kings 3, we read that Solomon loved the Lord, he was walking in the statutes of David his father, and the Lord appeared to him in a dream: “Ask what I shall give you.” 
 
Moment of truth! The God of the universe has just opened the doors to His expansive storehouse and said, “what would you like?” What will Solomon say? What would you say?
 
Solomon acknowledged God’s great and steadfast love and that it was God who put him on the throne. He says he serves amidst a chosen people, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted. Then, he asks God for an understanding mind to govern the people, to discern between good and evil. Of all the things that Solomon could have asked for, he asked God for wisdom. For an understanding mind, for discernment. And God was pleased.
 
We don’t want to follow Solomon’s example throughout his entire life, but here, we do. The wisdom of God is available to us, too. Ours for the asking. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). Just remember, there is a pre-requisite: “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding” (Ps. 111:10).

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