|So God said to him [Solomon], |
“Since you have asked for this and not
for long life or wealth for yourself, nor
have asked for the death of your enemies
but for discernment in administering
justice, I will do what you have asked.
I will give you a wise and discerning
heart, so that there will never have
been anyone like you, nor will there
ever be. Moreover, I will
give you what you have not asked
for—both riches and honor—
so that in your lifetime you will
have no equal among kings.”
|—1 Kings 3:11-13|
Solomon began his reign as king with a humble heart. He was seemingly aware of his own frailty and the enormity of the position which his father, David, had left him.
The Lord had appeared to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted from God. This sounds so much like the “genie in the bottle” theme of three wishes. But, it’s not.
God seriously wanted Solomon to take on this new task of king with all the resources that he needed. And, in order to rule well, Solomon asked for a discerning and wise heart. The Scripture says that this pleased God. So, God fulfilled His promise and gave Solomon the discernment and wisdom for which he had asked.
Then, right in the middle of God’s response to Solomon’s request, we see the word, Moreover. Far beyond what Solomon had asked, God added riches and honor to the gifts He gave Solomon that day. Now Solomon would be able to showcase the glory and splendor of his God to the whole world.
You see, God gives abundance to His children, to those He knows have the right heart attitude and will use the gifts He gives them for His glory. So, it is no surprise that when Solomon chose to ask for qualities that would help him rule justly, God gave Him those qualities and also showered Solomon with even more.
But, what about us? Should we expect the same abundant gifts that God gave Solomon? Not necessarily, but we can expect Him to give us an abundance of His grace, which comes in a multitude of ways to His dearly loved children.
In Jesus’ teaching about Himself as the Good Shepherd, He states in John 10:10:
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full [abundantly].
Much like the plain and simple water that Jesus turned into a splendid and special wine at the wedding at Cana, God intends to turn the ordinary things for which we ask Him into blessings we can give back and manifest His glory. He will always be known as the God of Moreover—the God of abundance and lavish blessing.
Let’s look at our lives and our prayers through the eyes of Solomon and through the eyes of those people at the wedding at Cana. What “above and beyond” blessings has God given to us on top of those things for which we have asked? Then, let’s praise Him and glorify Him through all He has given to us!