Solomon was the evidential product of forgiveness from the sinful relationship of David and Barsheba after his sincere and sorrowful repentance. “Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded. (2 Samuel 12:24-25 NLT) When Solomon was born, God directed His servant, Prophet Nathan to name him Jedidiah—interpreted as Beloved of the Lord.

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” (1 King 3:9-13)

At his tender age, Solomon cherished and identified his relationship with God.  When he became a king in Israel, the grace of God was extended to him in the night dream to make a request of whatever he needed from God.  It was like someone that was presented with a signed blank-check and free to write his desired millions of dollar on it.  Solomon opened his mouth and made known his need in line with his responsibility as the king of a nation. He asked for wisdom and understanding heart so that he may execute righteous judgment and equity in his kingdom. His request pleased God because it was in line with the attribute of the Living God of righteousness and equity. God granted his request, and in addition to wisdom and understanding heart, God gave him riches so that he would not misuse him wisdom to enrich himself at the detriment of the poor ones.

In line with his wisdom, Solomon placed priority to the things of God. The first project of Solomon was the building of the Temple of God in Jerusalem.  Although his father, King David had provided the all the materials but he carried out the building of the edifice for the glory of God.  He gathered all the Israelites into the temple at the dedication ceremony.  As the king of the nation of Israel, he prayed in the outer court of the temple and God answered his prayer with fire. The cloud of shekinah glory of God overwhelmed the temple that the priest could not serve in the temple. Solomon built his palace and also many beautiful edifices in Israel.  He manifested in his wisdom and became so rich and so famous that the Palace of Solomon became a tourist attraction to great kings of his time.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV) 

Every human being born into this world are the manifestation of the unparalleled wisdom of God and were all created in the image of God.  God had earmarked a great plan and purpose for each person on earth.  He had set us up for his divine success. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:5) If we can only recognize God and identify with him and put Him the position of preeminence in our lives, and never deviate from walking in an upright mind with Him, all the plans of God for our lives will be manifested for His glory.

Prayer:  O Lord You have fearfully and wonderfully made me in your image for your glory. I am fully persuaded that marvelous are thy works in the way you uphold me in life. Let me navigate my life in the pathway of your wisdom that I may live a purposeful life for your glory in Jesus name, Amen.


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