The beginning of Solomon’s leadership journey
King Solomon was easily one of the most influential figures in biblical history. Known for his unmatched wisdom, people traveled worldwide to seek him out. He had fame and fortune beyond what most of us can imagine. But he didn’t just fall from the sky with all of this. Even Solomon, like all of us, had to start somewhere. Here is a little glimpse into Solomon’s journey and some things he did to accomplish all of these amazing things.
2 Chronicles 1:6-13 (The Message):
Solomon worshiped God at the Bronze Altar in front of the Tent of Meeting; he sacrificed a thousand Whole-Burnt-Offerings on it. That night God appeared to Solomon. God said, “What do you want from me? Ask.” Solomon answered, “You were extravagantly generous with David my father, and now you have made me king in his place. Establish, God, the words you spoke to my father, for you’ve given me a staggering task, ruling this mob of people. Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” God answered Solomon, “This is what has come out of your heart: You didn’t grasp for money, wealth, fame, and the doom of your enemies; you didn’t even ask for a long life. You asked for wisdom and knowledge so you could govern well my people over whom I’ve made you king. Because of this, you get what you asked for—wisdom and knowledge. And I’m presenting you the rest as a bonus—money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the kings before or after you had or will have.Then Solomon left the worship center at Gibeon and the Tent of Meeting and went to Jerusalem. He set to work as king of Israel.
1. Solomon fervently worshiped God first
2. He asked for help in carrying out God’s purpose for his life, not for his own selfish desires
3. God grants him wisdom, knowledge, money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the world had (perhaps has) ever seen
4. He begins working immediately