The Lord said unto Solomon “Ask what I shall give thee.” (v.5) He had all that earth could give, youth, wealth, prosperity, honor and greatness. Solomon stood on the uppermost peak of human joy.
Now heaven offers him his choice of blessing, now the treasure-house of the infinite God opened, and he is bidden to take what he will. “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream nigh: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” (v.5).
If we have not earthly blessing, we may share in his spiritual blessings, we may set in heavenly places.
To each of us, to all of us, that is like Solomon, the same voice that spoke to him, saying “Ask what I shall give thee.” speak to us today.
He who spake to this new crowned king in the night visions, hath in these last days spoken unto us by Jesus Christ, saying “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. “ (Lk. 11:9).
Like Solomon, we are commanded to ask. It is not that we are permitted so to do, it is made a positive duty. If we do not ask, have we sinned? “Ask, seek, and knock” these words are the injunctions of our Lord.
Asking is an essential part of our salvation.
Like Solomon, we have but to ask, and God will give.
Solomon was not a favorite of heaven. God has no favorites. God is love and he loves us all the same.
If a person have not wisdom, blessing, pardon, peace, it is all for want of asking “If you ask any thing in my name, I will do it. “ (Jh.14:14).
Believe it are not, God is more ready to hear than we to pray.
We are commanded to ask, and God is sure to give, because he Loves to give, it is his nature and property to give.
Jesus is the greatest Being in the world and the greatest giver, it is the essential part of his perfections to give.
Covetousness, the desire to have, is a part of our being. Giving is a part of God’s being.
Solomon must now make a choose and it really lie between pleasure and duty, between temporal and eternal blessing. He could have chose glory, wealth and renown-in a word, earthly pleasure and prosperity.
So each one of us has to choose in turn between the showy and the genuine, between the higher and the lower, between God and Mammon.
If, like Solomon we choose the best gifts, the other are inferior to them.
Consider this, God gave Solomon wisdom because he ask for it, and at the same time gave him wealth because he did not ask for it.
Solomon choice of the higher showed he was fit to be entrusted with the lower.
The gifts men covet most viz riches and honour are so little account with God that he adds them as a make-weight.
Just as went we buy a jewel the case is thrown in as part of the purchase, so those who choose the better part receive at the same time all is necessary for them “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (lk.12:31).
Let us consider this again, that not only is it God’s nature to give, but to give “ exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think.” (Eph.3:20).
God will do more than we desire or deserve.
The disciples in (Lk 9 ) ask for a form of prayer, our Lord gave them their desire, and at the same time what they never dreamed of asking for, some precious directions as to the spirit of prayer, as to perseverance in prayer (v.5,18).
It was in the night vision That God spoke to Solomon. It is in no dream, no vision, but in his own written word, he says to us, “Ask what I shall give thee.”
We must learn to never cease from seeking God “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Lk.18:1).
It seem as if same of Solomon fathers last words to him was prophetic “If thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.” (I. Chr. 28:9).
Remember, what asking in pray has done for God’s people. Abraham prayed, and the storm of fire and brimstone was borne up for a time. Moses prayed, and the Red sea divided making a highway for the chosen race.
The Old testament and New Testament Records prayer, prayer creating the rain and the drought, scattering armies, awakening the dead to life, destroy the power of the burning fiery furnace, sealing up the mouths of lions, opening prison doors, healing all manner of diseases, and the disciples prayed in the upper room at Jerusalem, and the day of Pentecost comes showering blessings on the ages “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come…. suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind….And they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1,4).