1 Kings 3:3-15
Before the temple was built in Jerusalem, the tabernacle that traveled with Moses in the wilderness and the great bronze altar were kept in Gibeon. Solomon traveled there to offer sacrifices to show his love for the Lord. He actually offered 1000 sacrifices!! That night, God appeared to him in a dream and asked what he could give Solomon. Because he was a humble man, Solomon realized that God had already honored him by making him king of the people of Israel. Solomon asked the Lord to give him the wisdom to lead well and fairly. God was very pleased by Solomon’s request (and his heart as well)! God told him that not only would Solomon be the wisest man to ever live, he would also receive the wealth and power he had not requested. God promised that if Solomon walked in God’s ways, he would live to an old age. God loves it when our heart is in the right place. When we, like Solomon, desire godly things, God blesses us with other things as well.
So how did Solomon respond? With thanksgiving! He made more sacrifices in Jerusalem, (where the ark was) and held a feast for his servants. Solomon shows us that when our hearts are following God we are blessed. But remember, we must truly want godly things, not ask for godly things so we get the other stuff we really want. God knows the difference!! So how do we get a godly heart? Ask!! God will help you desire His will. Wanting to have a godly heart is the first step to getting one!
Do you want God’s will or your own? Which will be better in the end? If you need to change your heart’s desires, pray about it!