“So God said to him, “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 wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” 1 Kings 3:11-13 NIV


Think about it! If you could ask God for one thing and one thing only, what would it be? Immediately a lot of people would say money or hitting the lottery. Seventy percent of the people who win the lottery end up bankrupt! They don’t have the wisdom on how to handle their new wealth.

When Solomon became king after his father David he was honest with God. “I have no idea what I’m doing as king!” Solomon was young and inexperienced. He didn’t want to fail and after God asked him what he wanted, he asked for wisdom!

What an amazing thing to ask for. Solomon would go on to say in his writings that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  If we are going to ask God for the right thing, it starts with a relationship with God. Many people don’t ask for the right thing because they are not in right relationship. But when we ask for wisdom, this is God’s response.

  1. God will give you a wise and discerning heart to administer justice. You will know the difference between right and wrong. This is such an important gift to have as a leader. Our current president has no wisdom it seems with his treatment of immigrants, the poor, and minorities. He doesn’t have the capacity to discern or administer justice. It starts with a right relationship with God!
  2. God will give you what you did not ask for, “wealth and honor.” When our ways are pleasing to the Lord he will give us the desires of our hearts. Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added!” 

We don’t need to hit the lottery when we are in right relationship with God. He is the lottery! When we follow God with our whole hearts he is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can imagine or conceive!


Dear God,

Give me wisdom and the ability to discern so that I can administer justice.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen