At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” 1 Kings 3:5
What would you answer if God made you such an offer?
I have thought often of this question posed to Solomon and his answer in view of my answer.
I’ve thought about the gift of healing and emptying hospitals and nursing homes; of curing those with cancer, Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, blindness, hearing loss, and perhaps those that have died, much the same as Jesus did.
Yet, if I emptied the hospital I would deny the livelihood of the doctors and nurses that work there.
I am afraid in my desire to do good I would also create a problem.
I could ask health for myself and my family but that seems rather selfish, as does a request for no financial problems.
Solomon’s answer was as such – “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” 1 Kings 3:9
This pleased God so He gave Solomon what he asked for – wisdom.
He also blessed Solomon for what he did not ask for – riches and honor.
So if the Lord posed this question to me I believe I’d respond with “Lord, you have given me more than I deserve – a wife, children, a home, a job, a church, good friends and salvation. Perhaps more boldness in declaring your word with grace and understanding for those I speak to, that is, to become more like Jesus!”