Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word.
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There was a time in my life when I asked God for a dress I wanted. Those who know me well are spewing out their coffee. I don't wear dresses. Always been a slacks-kindda-girl. More importantly, there was a time in my life when I asked God for things for me. That changed when God started poking around in my head and heart and I got to know him better. I remember reading this passage at that impressionable time and the idea of asking for something that would please God made an impact. What pleased God about Solomon's request was that it was something that reflected his self-awareness, what the people he was called to govern needed from him, and what he clearly believed that he was lacking without God's help - a wise and understanding mind. We can ask for wisdom too. I am sure there is enough to go around.
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May I be what others need so that they will know you, O Lord. Amen.