After Solomon had made sacrifices to Him, the Lord spoke to Solomon.  “In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’” (2 Chronicles 1:7)  Solomon could have asked for endless riches or fame, but he did not.  “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10)  God was so pleased that He gave Solomon what he had asked for and then some.  “God answered Solomon, ‘Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.’” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12)  James tells us that we have the same opportunity.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)  We should not expect to get the same result that Solomon did with great wealth, but we can receive something much more valuable.  If we truly desire to know God’s word better we must not only pray for it, but we must also give it diligent study.

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 1-5